Canton — Julia Lalain and Novi dominated the second half to defeat Plymouth, 51-29, Monday night to open up the Class A girls basketball state tournament at Salem High School.
Lalain, a junior forward, connected on a pair of mid-range jumpers to spark a 10-0 run to start the third quarter. That opened up a 31-18 cushion and Novi (15-6) led the rest of the way to advance to Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. district semifinal against rival Northville (17-2).
Northville, which advanced to the quarterfinals last year, won both regular-season games against Novi, including 50-41 the last time the teams played on Feb. 10. Canton and Salem play in the 6 p.m. semifinal.
“We just got really fired up at halftime, knew we didn’t have a great first half and really had to get after it,” Lalain said. “We have a flex offense and it really worked, got us going for the second half. I think we had a really amazing second half playing together.”
Junior point guard Ellie Mackay scored 18, senior guard Cara Ninkovich 14 and Lalain 12 for Novi.
Mackay scored off a putback for a 29-18 lead, then scored off a driving layup to open up a 34-21 lead with a minute left in the third and took a charge seconds later.
“Our plan was to wear them down, that’s why we picked up full-court in the first half and I think that kind of happened there and we had that nice little run to start the third quarter, running the flex cut, got some open looks and hit some open shots,” Novi coach Bill Kelp said.
LeDoux finished with 13 for Plyumouth (9-12).
Detroit East English 56, Grosse Pointe South 55: Jayla Smith and C’Erra Maholmes each scored 22 for East English (15-5). Sayanna Roy had 17 for South (5-16).
Detroit King 61, Detroit Cass Tech 27: Jordan Lewis had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Del-Janae Williams scored 14 and Alicia Norman had 10 points and eight steals for King (20-1). Cass Tech finished 8-10.
Farmington Hills Mercy 54, Farmington Hills Harrison 34: Chloe Godbold scored 17, Bella Dugas 14 and Jenna Schluter 10 for Mercy (18-3). Olivia Perkins scored 10 for Harrison.
Hartland 65, South Lyon 35: Lexey Tobel scored 21 and Whitney Sollom 12 for Hartland (20-1). Sam Swain scored 13 for South Lyon (8-13).
Macomb Dakota 56, New Baltimore Anchor Bay 43: Emily Langolf scored 20, Tara Bieniewicz 13 and Taylor Williams 10 for Dakota (15-6). Alyssa Truba had 16 for Anchor Bay (6-15).
Roseville 56, Warren Woods-Tower 31: DeBraya Edwards had 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals, Chantae Parker scored 13 with five assists and Nija Collier had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Roseville (15-5). Samantha Blalock scored 12 for Tower (9-12).
St. Clair Shores Lakeview 78, East Detroit 11: Michelle Kemp scored 14, Katie Boyle 11 and Seanna Saccone 10 for Lakeview (20-1).
Sterling Heights 60, Warren Regina 50: Brenna Kassav had 19 points and four steals, Tatyana Hardwick scored 11 with 17 rebounds and three blocks and Maria Berishaj had 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals for Sterling Heights (8-13). Lillian Kozak scored 16 for Warren Regina (6-13).
Walled Lake Western 40, Milford 25: Janara Flowers had 22 points for Western (17-4). Mallory Barrett had 19 for Milford (7-14).
Warren Cousino 83, Warren Mott 35: Kate McArthur scored 28, while had Kierra Fletcher 21 points and 10 rebounds for Cousino (19-2). Mariah Taylor scored 18 for Mott.
Detroit Collegiate 53, Detroit Voyageur 38: Sapphire Dawson had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks, Kennedy Harris had 17 rebounds and 10 steals, Ajanee Horton scored 14 and Mikiya Cordell 10 for Collegiate (14-5).
Detroit Henry Ford 43, Livonia Clarenceville 13: Krissima Matthews had 19 points and seven steals, and Biancee Campbell scored 13 for Henry Ford (10-8).
Detroit Henry Ford Academy 72, Romulus Summit 27: Jada Williams scored 21, Malika Washington 12 for Henry Ford (17-4).
Detroit Mumford 82, Detroit Henry Ford Academy 16: Shanea Dinwiddie, Zamaria Polk and Tierra Earnest scored 14 apiece for Mumford (14-6).
Grosse Ile 46, River Rouge 45: Madison Swick scored 13 and Charlotte Will 10 for Grosse Ile. Lamariyee Williams had 14 for River Rouge.
Macomb Lutheran North 61, Madison Heights Lamphere 34: Ashleigh Thomas scored 16, Hannah Milligan 14 and Natalie Zauel 11 for Lutheran North (14-7). Morganne Holdrieth scored 15 for Lamphere (9-12).
Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 51, Dearborn Divine Child 31: Sydney Williams scored 18 and Adrienne Anderson 15 for Arbor Prep (21-0). Cortney Smithon had 14 for Divine Child (12-9).
Detroit Edison Academy 75, Detroit Pershing 7: Rickea Jackson scored 14 for Edison (15-5).
Detroit Country Day 72, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 38: Destiny Pitts scored 16, Kaela Webb 15 and Jasmine Powell 12 for Country Day (19-1). Celia Gaynor scored 10 for Notre Dame (7-14).
Dearnborn Heights Robichaud 47, Southgate 43:Shannon Lewis scored 15, while Kendin Simpson had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Robichaud (15-4).
News staff contributed