Clarkston — It would be tough to match the performance of Erika Davenport on the opening night of the girls basketball state tournament.
Davenport, a 6-foot-1 junior, put on a show, scoring a school-record 48 points and grabbing 23 rebounds to lift Clarkston to a 67-65 double-overtime victory over Rochester Adams in a Class A district opener Monday night.
Davenport had 17 points and 10 rebounds during the third quarter — five offensive rebounds on one possession — to turn a 31-21 halftime deficit into a 46-42 lead.
Trailing 60-56 with just over a minute left in the first overtime, Davenport scored inside, then got a steal off the press and made a layup to pull Clarkston even at 60 to force a second overtime.
Davenport’s rebound and coast-to-coast layup with 2.5 seconds left in the second overtime was the difference.
“I’m speechless,” said Davenport, who came into the game averaging 20 points. “I was just working my butt off. I really want to win and go far. They were a great team and I had a chance to play against my friend Amber (Jamison). It was just great to win, especially on our home floor for the seniors.”
Of the winning play, Davenport said: “About this time last year I would have never been comfortable running up and down with that ball. Coach (Tim) Wasilk gave me the green light to do it so I just split the defenders, put it up and hoped it went in. When it went in, it was just like me coming downstairs on Christmas morning and seeing all those presents. I was so happy.”
Senior guard Kacy Robinson scored 11 for Clarkston (17-4), six during the third quarter.
Amber Jamison, a 6-0 junior and AAU teammate of Davenport’s, had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Adams (17-3). Senior guard Hannah Grieb scored 13, making two free throws with 6.1 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Jamison was forced to the bench with 5:53 left in the third quarter after picking up her fourth foul with Adams leading 32-25. Davenport had 13 points and nine rebounds the rest of the quarter.
Adams coach Fran Scislowicz was pleased how his players stepped up to keep it close with Jamison going to the bench. She was on the floor in the fourth and overtimes, but failed to score on a putback after Raiven Owusu’s missed layup — which led to Davenport’s end-to-end rush.
"When you put two No. 12s (Jamison, Davenport) with as steady as they are, whoever gets the first fourth foul could probably determine the game, but I give our subs credit for the way they picked us up and stayed in it,” Scislowicz said.
"She's (Davenport) phenomenal. We challenged as many kids as we could to try and stop her. We tried going nose-to-nose, we tried fronting her, we tried backing her, we tried doubling. They never did get off with their 3-point shooters, so maybe we should have put three on her to make them hit some 3. But, hats off to her. She deserved it. It was a classic high school girls game."
Davenport picked up her third foul with 6:12 left in the third, but remained on the court the entire game.
In Wednesday’s semifinal, Clarkston will face Oxford, which it beat in the district final last year.
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All teams competed in Slalom and Giant Slalom races
Boys: 1st, Marquette; 2nd, Traverse City Central; 3rd, Clarkston
Girls: 1st,Brighton; 2nd, Traverse City Central; 3rd, Traverse City West
Detroit News staff contributed