Royal Oak used a key fourth-quarter run to take down host Birmingham Groves, 35-19, Wednesday night in an Oakland Activities Association Blue Division girls basketball game.
After entering the final quarter with a 20-12 advantage, Royal Oak created separation with a 10-0 run, highlighted by a pair of Bailey Haran 3-pointers, to balloon its lead into the double digits.
"We didn't play our best," Royal Oak coach Brian Sopata said. "In all honesty, it was a pretty ugly game. They defended well, and I think we got sped up a little bit and we struggled with that. ... But we had a 15-point fourth quarter and hit three threes that helped us pull away."
Royal Oak held a slim four-point lead at the end of the first quarter (8-4) and at halftime (14-10), but added breathing room by limiting Groves to just two points in the third.
Allison Karpinski led Royal Oak (6-4, 3-0) with 14 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Haran finished with 12 points.
"Allison was a beast," Sopata said of his senior center. "She's one of the top kids in Oakland County and she played phenomenal."
Jenna Weed had five points for Groves (3-6, 0-2).
Warren Woods-Tower 41, Marine City 40: Bryanna Randolph had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Ashley Harger had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Ashley Wilson had 10 points and seven rebounds for Woods-Tower (3-7, 2-2 MAC Gold). Kirstyn Austin scored 11 for Marine City (8-2, 2-2).
KBH United 7, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 1: Shawn Larsen led KBH with four goals, while Jesse Zorn, Nate Flanagan and Evan Flood each added a goal. Leo Ortel scored his first high school goal on a power play with 28 seconds left in the game for Bishop Foley (1-14).
James Hawkins is a freelance writer