Wednesday's roundup: Wilson sparks Salem's rout
Novi — Salem senior point guard Jamyra Wilson didn't score until the final minutes of its 42-26 district semifinal victory over Northville on Wednesday night, but she certainly made her presence felt in other ways.
Wilson caused havoc defensively from the opening tip to help Salem force seven turnovers while taking a 10-point first-quarter lead, also dishing out four assists to spark her team at the offensive end.
Wilson finished with eight assists, five steals and five rebounds for Salem, which also received 20 points and nine rebounds from 5-foot-10 senior post player Shara Long.
Salem (18-4) will now carry its 18-game winning streak into Friday's 7 p.m. Class A district final, attempting to earn its first district championship in 11 years.
"I was really focused and wanted us to get the win and to get the win it's obviously defense that gets offense going," said Wilson, who consistently penetrated Northville's defense to find open players for shots while getting in the passing lanes to prevent baskets.
"Jamyra's playing some of her best basketball right now," said Lindsay Klemmer, who guided Salem to the Kensington Lakes Activities Association championship last week. "She's the most underrated player in Michigan right now. You see what she can do defensively; we put her on their best player every time and she shuts them down. She's one of the most athletic high school kids I've seen around."
Long made her first six shots and finished 6-for-8 shooting. She also made all eight of her free throws.
Still, she praised Wilson for getting Salem off to the fast start.
"She's a great guard," Long said. "She's always looking for the better pass and knows how to get me the ball."
Salem led 20-8 at halftime and 32-15 after three, limiting Northville to 5-for-29 shooting.
"At the beginning of the season we had trouble coming out strong and it's all about how much intensity you come out with," Long said. "We've done a much better job of playing hard for the full 32 minutes now and we've been successful."
Sophomore Jessica Moorman scored eight for Northville (13-8).
More district girls
Allen Park 48, Lincoln Park 17: Erin Fish had 15 points for Allen Park (18-4). Lincoln Park finishes 1-19.
Farmington Hills Harrison 51, Birmingham Seaholm 35: Kristen Nelson had 23 points and Olivia Perkins 10 for Harrison (13-8). Mackenzie Harbort scored 22 for Seaholm (12-9).
Farmington Hills Mercy 55, Southfield 43: Taylor Jones had 22 points and Zora Pullen had 21 for Mercy (18-4). KristiLynn DeFoe and D'layna Holliman each scored 10 for Southfield (18-3).
Hartland 48, Milford 29: Lexey Tobel had 15 points for Hartland (15-6). Elise Gustafson scored 11 for Milford (9-13).
Southfield-Lathrup 47, Royal Oak 25: Deja Church had 14 points for Lathrup (20-1). Bailey Haran scored 12 for Royal Oak (13-8).
Sterling Heights 59, Warren Woods-Tower 33: Sade' Lemons had 23 points and Mariah Nelson 14 for Sterling Heights (13-9). Bryanna Randolph scored 12 for Tower (10-11).
Dearborn Heights Robichaud 75, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 26: Kamaria McDaniel had 22 points, Kayla Brown had 18, Arionna Davis had 14, and Chavon Tiggs had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Robichaud (18-2). Dawnielle Dixon scored 15 for Annapolis (11-8).
Detroit Henry Ford 58, Southfield Bradford Academy 34: Tiera Thomas had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Taylor Williams had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Henry Ford (13-7). Miriah Mitchell scored 12 for Bradford (10-6).
Detroit Collegiate Prep 52, Detroit Henry Ford Academy 28: Isesis Chandler-Poole had 17 poitns and 11 rebounds, and Iresis Chandler-Poole had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Collegiate Prep (12-5). Paris Walden scored 14 for Henry Ford.
Detroit Allen Academy 35, Detroit Plymouth Educational 21: Kayla Sanders had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Allen Academy (2-6).
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 49, Detroit DEPSA 37: Nia Ahart had 15 points, six assists and five rebounds, and Kendall McConico had 17 points and five rebounds for Liggett (18-3). India Hawkins scored 22 for DEPSA (11-8).
Warren Michigan Collegiate 55, Ferndale University 42: Lanae Foster had 28 points, Destiny Golson-Leftwich 14 and Thomaz Doze 11 for Michigan Collegiate (9-11). Cassidy Stewart scored 14 for Ferndale University.
Birmingham Roeper 45, Southfield Christian 15: Sophia Savas had 15 points and Akwia Tilton 12 for Roeper (17-4).
Novi Franklin Road Christian 59, Detroit Winans Academy 11: Hannah Rayburn had 19 points and Reagan Mumford had 12 for Franklin Road (11-10).
Armada 63, Almont 59: Keith Sheridan had 17 points and Jake Hoover 11 for Armada (3-16, 3-10 Blue Water Area Conference). Trevor Nichols scored 16 and Joe Lulgjuraj 11 for Almont (5-14, 2-11).
Belleville 71, Garden City 37: Davion Williams had 12 poitns and seven assists, and Calvin Blaydes had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Belleville (12-8). Garden City is 7-11.
Birmingham Brother Rice 58, Taylor Kennedy 41: Kevin Hayes had 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Drew Gallagher had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Brother Rice (14-6). Andia Marsh scored 19 for Kennedy (16-3).
Detroit Southeastern 53, Detroit Denby 44: Anthony Johnson had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Southeastern.
Detroit Western 56, Detroit Communication & Media Arts 40: Josh McFolley had 14 points, Karim Murray and Brailen Neely each had 13, and Gerald Blackshear had 10 for Western (18-0). Damonte Jones scored 12 for CMA.
Ferndale University 55, Detroit Douglass 53: John Moore had 22 points and Gehringer Rameriz had 15 for Ferndale University (13-4). Darian Murphy scored 15 for Douglass.
Roseville 60, Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse 59: Zavon Goodwin had 20 points for Roseville (12-7). Kavon Allison scored 21 and Adam Samuel 14 for L'Anse Creuse (8-12).
Troy Athens 48, Pontiac 41: Corbin Vrij had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Athens (11-8, 8-1 OAA White). Justin Lavallis scored 14 for Pontiac (11-6, 6-2).
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 8, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 0: Alex Lycett had two goals and an assist, Riley Matthews and Cole Adaskaveg each had two goals, and Austin Alger and C.J. Regula each had a goal for Cranbrook (21-2-4).
News staff contributed