Monday's roundup: Adams girls finally best Clarkston
Lake Orion — Rochester Adams picked the right time to get its victory over Clarkston, making Marquette-bound Erika Davenport earn every one of her 21 points while defeating the Wolves, 47-44, in a Class A girls basketball district opener Monday night.
"We played more of a spread type of zone the first time we played them, then the second time we played man-to-man, figuring we have a great No. 12 (Northwestern-bound Amber Jamison) of our own so just let them battle them out," Adams first-year coach Shay Lewis said.
"Tonight, we decided if we were going to get beat, let's get beat by their supporting cast and not Erika so we packed it in, made sure she was covered at all times. We had an assigner on her during transition, too."
Davenport, a 6-foot senior, scored 27 in Clarkston's 57-49 win last month. She scored 22 in the first meeting, a 49-41 victory in January. Plus, there's last year's district win over Adams when Davenport had a career-high 48 points in a double-overtime victory.
"We just wanted to make sure that she didn't have another 40-something-point night like she did last year," Lewis said. "We figured we'd wear her down eventually. I told them, 'Every time you're guarding her, you're touching her, you're agitating her and eventually she'll get frustrated and wear down,' and it seemed like we did that in the fourth quarter."
Davenport (Marquette) had a big second quarter, scoring 11 points and making a desperation 3-pointer as time expired to pull Clarkston (12-9) within 26-24 at halftime. She scored four in the third, then scored on a jump hook for a 37-36 lead to open the fourth, following with a coast-to-coast basket in transition for a 39-36 cushion with six minutes left.
However, Davenport would be scoreless the rest of the night, missing her final five shots, including one shot off a spin move with 25 seconds left, then a 22-footer with two seconds left after Adams missed the front end of a one-and-one.
Jamison, a 6-0 senior, had 16 points and six rebounds for Adams (15-6), which will play Lake Orion (13-7) in a district semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Sophomore guard Maggie Rogers scored 16, making 9 of 12 free throws.
Rogers and senior point guard Dazia Dinkins consistently attacked the basket, sparking a 7-0 Adams run to turn a 42-38 deficit into a 45-42 lead with three minutes left.
"All I wanted to do was focus on my shot, take the ball to the basket, draw fouls and make free throws," Rogers said.
Jamison stared cramping up during the fourth quarter. Her father, former Lions player George Jamison, handed an assistant coach some mustard for her to drink during a timeout.
"Yes, I cramped up, I always get them when I get nervous so my Dad make me drink some mustard," said Jamison, who then talked of the defensive job Adams put on Davenport, who made 8 of 19 shots.
"I don't know if it was the pressure or the fact she was down and she had never been down against us before. We just played our game, tried not to foul her, made it hard for her to get her shots off and she just couldn't finish."
And, Jamison was proud of Rogers and Dinkins for getting the job done offensively.
"I think Clarkston was worried about me getting the ball. They were closing in on me and they (Rogers, Dinkins) stepped up and got to the basket, took shots that we needed to win."
Kayla Luchenbach, a 6-1 freshman, had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Clarkston.
More Class A
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Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 49, Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse 24: Victoria Dickow had 13 points and Jane Kurkowski 11 points and 10 rebounds for Chippewa Valley (2-19). L'Anse Creuse finishes 1-20.
Detroit King 65, Detroit International Academy 6: Janae Williams had 16 points and nine assists, and Nakia Scott scored 10 for King (19-1).
Farmington Hills Mercy 63, Detroit Renaissance 58: Taylor Jones had 37 points and Zora Pullen had 11 for Mercy (17-4). Siyeh Frazier scored 33 for Renaissance (11-8).
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 56, Rochester 25: Maria Zandi scored 16, including seven during an 18-0 run to open the second half that helped Stoney Creek take a commanding 49-18 lead with a minute left in the third quarter. Ally Voss added 10 for Stoney Creek (16-5), which next plays Oxford at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Sterling Heights 45, Warren Mott 29: Sade' Lemons had 24 points and Kendal Ring 10 blocks for Sterling Heights (12-9). Mott finishes 7-14.
Detroit Henry Ford 35, Livonia Ladywood 33: Taylor Williams had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Henry Ford (12-8). Erika Selakowski scored 11 for Ladywood (5-15).
Detroit University Prep 43, Detroit University Prep Science & Math 37: Chasidey Willis had 26 points and 16 rebounds for University Prep (10-10). Sandra Guilford scored 14 for UPSM (10-7).
Harper Woods Chandler Park 63, St. Clair Shores South Lake 29: BreAnna Lamar had 18 points and Ahjana Oakes 11 for Chandler Park. NaKyra Jordan scored nine for South Lake (15-3).
Detroit Allen Academy 50, Highland Park Renaissance Academy 33: Kala Sanders recorded her fifth 30-point game with 31 points, 15 rebounds and eight steals for Allen Academy (11-6). Dashia Ware scored 14 for Renaissance Academy.
Birmingham Brother Rice 54, Detroit King 53: Kevin Hayes scored 16 and hit two free throws with six seconds remaining to win the game, and Dominic Downs also had 16 points for Brother Rice (13-6). Armani Lee scored 16 for King (8-10).
Dearborn Heights Annapolis 62, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 52: Bryan Collins had 42 points for Annapolis (7-11). Jalen Grissom scored 21 for Robichaud.
Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse 77, Eastpointe East Detroit 56: Tavin Allison had 27 points, Max Cook had 17 and Terrell Perkins 16 for L'Anse Creuse (8-10, 5-6 MAC White). Tramon Wiley scored 14 for East Detroit.
St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 86, Marine City 51: David Shipp had 17 points, Tyler James had 16 and Cortez Jackson had 15 for Lake Shore (13-6). Will Belisle scored 21 and Cole Avers 11 for Marine City (5-15).
Troy 63, Lake Orion 52: Gary Fralick won his 350th game as coach, Devin Alexander had 17 points and Rob Schmid scored 15 for Troy (9-10, 4-5 OAA White). Noah Harris had 17 for Lake Orion (2-17, 2-7).
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 11, Royal Oak Shrine 0: In a Division 3 pre-regional at Wallace Ice Arena, Austin Alger led Cranbrook (22-4) with two goals and two assists. Shawn O'Malley, Mason Schultz and Sean O'Leary each added two goals apiece.
Detroit News staff contributed