Thursday’s roundup: Allen Park girls edge Woodhaven
Though it led the entire game up to that point, Allen Park found itself behind with less than a minute to play against Downriver League rival Woodhaven Thursday night. But Erin Fish came through with two big buckets and Allen Park prevailed, 43-41.
Fish, Allen Park’s leading scorer from last season, was playing in just her second game of the season after returning from an ACL injury she suffered playing AAU ball last summer. She finished with a team-high 11 points.
“It’s a huge lift to get her back,” Allen Park coach Chuck Perez said. “She’s been awesome.”
Izzy Flate scored all 10 of her points in the first half for Allen Park, pacing it to a 22-14 halftime lead.
Allen Park (5-1, 2-0) used stifling defense to hold Woodhaven to single digits in all of the first three quarters, but Massachusetts commit Hailey Leidel had other plans for the final quarter. She scored 20 of her game-high 26 points in the second half, including 12 in the fourth to give Woodhaven its late 41-39 lead.
“She finally started having her way with us,” Perez said. “In the first half we played excellent defense, but it was tough holding her for four quarters. She’s an excellent player.”
After Woodhaven (4-2, 1-1) took the lead, Perez called a timeout so his team could regroup. After Fish’s first late layup, the Allen Park defense showed up again, forcing a jump ball that gave it possession to set up the game-winner.
The win gave Allen Park a victory against a Woodhaven team that has dominated the league for the last few years.
“It was a very big win for our program,” Perez said. “That was huge for us to come back from leading, getting behind, and showing a lot of resolve to pull it off.”
Audrey Newstead also chipped in 10 points for Allen Park.
More girls basketball
Birmingham Groves 45, Troy Athens 25: Shay Carter scored 23 and Morgan Morrison had 10 for Groves. Maddie Crum had 11 points for Athens.
Dearborn Fordson 51, Redford Union 26: Kaylana Darwiche scored 11 for Fordson (4-4).
Detroit Cesar Chavez 17, Riverside 13: Nancy Guox had five points to lead Chavez (1-3).
Detroit Country Day 76, Detroit Jalen Rose Academy 28: Destiny Pitts and Adrian Folks scored 13 each and Maxine Moore added 12 for Country Day (7-1).
North Farmington 59, Troy 23: Kierra Crockett scored 18 for North Farmington (6-3, 1-0 OAA White). Megan Lenihan had 11 for Troy (2-5, 0-1).
St. Clair Shores Lakeshore 74, Clawson 44: Ricky Dixon scored 17 and Jovon Horton 16 for Lakeshore (5-2, 2-0 MAC Silver). Quintin Johnson had 17 points for Clawson (2-3, 0-1).
Waterford Lakes 46, Clarkston Everest Collegiate 14: Alex Troy had 20 points and six rebounds for Lakes (6-1).
West Bloomfield 41, Royal Oak 37: Charlika Stubbs had 16 points for West Bloomfield (4-2, 1-0 OAA White). Royal Oak is 4-4, 0-1.
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Farmington Hills Harrison 44, Oxford 28
Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 55, Ann Arbor Greenhills 27: Brady Fressel had 18 points, Garrett Kraatz had 17 points and Nathaniel Pardo had 10 for Inter-City (4-1).
Dearborn Advanced Tech 65, Carleton Airport 51: DeYuan Heard had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and Russell McBurrows scored 13 for Advanced Tech (5-4). Brent Mossburg had 15 points for Airport.
Harper Woods 78, Detroit Leadership Academy 58: A.J. Wilson scored 18 and Douglas Anderson 12 for Harper Woods (3-2).
New Haven 79, Madison Heights Madison 53: Romeo Weems had a triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Alante Stevens scored 22 and Eric Williams 17 for New Haven (5-1, 1-0 MAC Gold). Tonato Tutt had 16 points for Madison.
Peck 40, Carsonville-Port Sanilac 31: Dylan Dankenbring scored 21 for Peck (4-2, 3-0 North Central Thumb League). Aaron Cooney had 12 for Carsonville-Port Sanilac (2-2, 0-2).
Roseville 56, East Detroit 40: Xavion Godwin had 19 points and 13 rebounds and T.J. Anderson scored 10 for Roseville (4-1).
Warren Mott 79, Grosse Pointe North 75: Tyler Guillory had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Delano Paige had 14 for Mott (2-3). Mitchell Zacharias scored 29 for North.
Warren Woods-Tower 61, Warren Lincoln 27: Jauron Fix had 14 points, seven rebounds and five steals, and Keegan Sikorski scored 11 for Woods-Tower (6-1). Lincoln is 3-3.
Lakeland 6, Waterford Kettering 5: Blake Kocsis scored two goals and had an assist for Lakeland (6-3-2).
North Farmington 7, West Bloomfield 0: Andrew Nathan had a hat trick and Thomas Bacon got the shutout for North Farmington.
Geoff Robinson is a freelance writer; News staff contributed