Vantane Garrett went 5-for-5 on free throws in the last two minutes to propel Detroit CMA past Detroit Denby, 42-35, in a girls basketball game on Thursday.
“Vantane’s free throws gave us confidence,” CMA (7-4, 4-3 PSL West) coach Stefan Waits said. “It allowed us to get into our press and slow them down at the end.”
Two of Garrett’s free throws were on the critical front ends of 1-and-1s, severely stunting the comeback attempt by Denby (8-2, 6-0 PSL East).
Garret added five rebounds and four assists.
Brianna Smith and Ishameer Smelley chipped in with eight points for CMA.
Waits was especially impressed by how well Garrett took care of the ball.
“She found the open teammate to break the press easily. The first time we played them we had trouble breaking the press and probably had 15 to 20 turnovers. Today we only had seven.”
The win avenged CMA’s nine-point loss to Denby earlier this season.
CMA beat Detroit Central Collegiate on Wednesday, but Waits felt his team made a lot of mistakes.
“A couple of temper tantrums from me got us in the right spots for our press today, and we played much better,” he said. “We still have a ways to go, but in a couple weeks I think we’ll have everything down.”
Caprice Brown led Denby with 11 points.
CMA plays Detroit Cody at home and Denby hosts Detroit International on Monday.
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Detroit East English 61, Detroit Western International 21: C’Erra Maholmes scored 19, Jayla Smith had 16 points and 10 assists and Aaliyah Adelawana had 10 points and 10 rebounds for East English (9-2, 5-1 PSL East).
Detroit King 91, Detroit Pershing 13: Mariah Mitchell scored 19, Dannella Camp 15, Tia Tedford and Jordan Lewis 12 each for King (11-1).
Detroit Mumford 61, Detroit Henry Ford 21: Zamaria Polk had 15 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, and Jaquia Jackson scored 10 for Mumford (8-4, 6-0 PSL West).
Detroit Osborn 45, Detroit University Prep 24: Alexis Edwards and Jada Parrot each scored 14 for Osborn (4-5, 3-4 PSL East).
Detroit Renaissance 55, Detroit Cass Tech 37: Dalyn Henderson scored 14, and Victoria Wright and Nina Reynolds 10 each for Renaissance (10-1, 6-1 PSL West).
Madison Heights Lamphere 44, St. Clair 42: Destiny Carr scored 15 and Daija Ray 12 for Lamphere (5-6, 1-3 MAC Silver). Erin Bohm scored 16 for St. Clair (4-4, 2-2).
Riverview 69, Monroe Jefferson 46: Sophie Siema scored 20, Casey Kolmiak 15, Grace Chelemen 12 and Sam Dorn 11 for Riverview (4-6, 2-4 Huron League). Monroe Jefferson is 3-8, 1-5.
Roseville 62, Warren Woods Tower 35: Nija Collier had 19 points, seven rebounds and five steals, and Chantae Parker had 16 points and seven rebounds for Roseville (6-5, 4-1 MAC Silver). Samantha Blalock scored 13 for Tower (4-7, 2-2)
Royal Oak 34, Lake Orion 30: June Donnellon scored 14 and Jessica Adams seven for Royal Oak (8-2, 3-1 OAA White). Lauryn VanLoon scored eight for Lake Orion (3-7, 0-3).
Waterford Lakes 52, Riverview Richard 25: Catherine Weddle scored 13 and Tiffany Senerius 11 for Lakes (8-3, 7-0 Catholic North). Richard is 0-7 in league.
Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 52, Harper Woods Chandler Park 6: Adrienne Anderson scored 16 and Rozhane Wells 11 for Arbor Prep (12-0).
Detroit Cornerstone 100, Detroit Leadership Academy 71: Davion Bradford had 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Jamal Cain scored 20 with 10 rebounds, and Robert Carpenter IV and Juwan Robinson each scored 14 for Cornerstone (8-3). Leadership Academy is 6-3.
Ecorse 74, Livingston Christian Schools 20: Caleb Maddox scored 13, and Jaylin Childress and Doug Brown each had 10 for Ecorse (1-7, 0-4 Michigan Metro).
Harper Woods 74, Detroit Universal Academy 23: Ken Thomas had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Josh Miller scored 12 and Sergio Stephones 13 for Harper Woods (9-1). Detroit Universal is 4-4.
Macomb Dakota 67, Sterling Heights Stevenson 36: Jermaine Jackson Jr. had 18 points, four assists and three steals, Thomas Kithier had 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, and Jack Ballantyne had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Dakota (8-3, 4-0 MAC Red). Maverick Gildyard scored 13 for Sterling Heights Stevenson (4-5, 3-1).
West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy 39, Austin Catholic 23: Paul Schmitz scored 10 for Frankel (1-8, 1-3 Catholic League East). Josh Chase had 10 points for Austin (0-6, 0-4).
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Clarkston 50, North Farmington 47
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 43, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 37
Pontiac 46, Ferndale 16
Southfield A&T 53, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 35
Warren Cousino 66, Port Huron Northern 45
Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 64, Warren Cousino 58
Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer; News staff contributed.