Thursday’s roundup: Maholmes leads East English girls
East English Village used strong defense and a standout performance from C’Erra Maholmes to defeat Detroit Cody, 50-31, on Thursday.
Maholmes had 34 points, including 11 in the pivotal third quarter, when East English (2-0) stretched its lead.
Cody (1-1) jumped out to an early 11-point lead, but East English responded in the second quarter with tough defense from Maholmes, who recorded 10 steals on the night.
“We started sluggish, but C’Erra willed us to win,” coach Sam Hines said. “In the second quarter, we started playing defense, and it slowed down Cody.”
From there, the tough East English defense held Cody to only 12 second-half points.
Feeding Maholmes the ball was guard Jayla Smith, who recorded 10 points and 10 assists.
“Jayla loves passing the ball. She recognized that you’ve got to keep feeding a hot player,” Hines said.
Cody is hard to beat once it gains confidence, the coach said.
“Cody gave us a good game. My girls kind of underestimated Cody, so this was a wake-up call,” he said. “We won with hard-nosed defense and C’Erra getting hot.”
Da’Shawna Fowler scored 10 points for Cody.
More girls basketball
Auburn Hills Avondale 51, Hazel Park 19: Olivia Russell scored 24 and Brooke Blanchette 10 for Avondale (2-0). Hazel Park is 0-1.
Dearborn Edsel Ford 52, Taylor Kennedy 32: Katelyn Sadowski and Allia Hamood each had 14 points for Ford (2-0). Rosemary Nnangobya scored 15 for Kennedy (0-1).
Detroit West Side Academy 28, Detroit International Academy 25: Ashley Diamond and Diamond Johnson each had six points for West Side Academy (1-2). Catiemay Henison scored eight for International (0-2).
Detroit Westside Christian Academy 58, Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy 14: Alexis Seay had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Keona Hall scored 13 for Westside Christian (1-0). Karina Ceballos had 14 points. Cesar Chavez is 0-2.
Madison Heights Lamphere 56, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 18: Morganne Holdreich had 14 points and Allison Berger and Daija Ray each scored 13 for Lamphere (2-0). Lexi Dietz had 10 points for Cranbrook-Kingswood (0-1).
Trenton 31, Livonia Ladywood 28: Caroline Gorno, Sydney Voss and McKenna Tanguay each had six points for Trenton (1-0). Brianne Rogers scored eight for Ladywood (0-2).
Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 68, Brownstown Woodhaven 13: Lasha Petree had 24 points, including 18 in the first half, and Adrienne Anderson scored 15 for Arbor Prep (2-0). Rozhane Wells had 10 points. Woodhaven is 0-1.
Other girls scores
Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 38, Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart 33
Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 46, St. Clair 35
Madison Heights Bishop Foley 48, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 40
Wixom St. Catherine 58, Farmington 41
Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer