The Detroit Osborn girls basketball team beat Detroit Henry Ford for the first time in 12 years with a 31-28 victory in a Detroit Public School League game on Monday.
Senior center Maria Martin had 10 points and 14 rebounds, contributing to a 31-11 advantage on the glass for Osborn (4-4, 1-2 PSL Division 1 West).
“She really took control of the game,” first-year Osborn coach Kyohn Burton said.
With 3:07 left, Henry Ford point guard Amara Croft lost the ball on a fast break layup attempt. Freshman point guard Naria Harris got control for Osborn and flung the ball upcourt to junior forward Erin Davis, who scored on a layup to give Osborn a one-point lead that would hold for the rest of the game.
Harris drove and kicked the ball out effectively throughout the game, only scoring two points but coming up with seven assists.
“The most important thing is that when she attacked the the basket she was looking to pass first,” Burton said. “When she was at the top of the key she took care of the ball and got it to Martin.”
Davis scored seven points and helped Martin dominate the boards with 11 rebounds.
“Davis controlled the glass well,” Burton said. “She controlled the defensive glass the whole night.”
Osborn usually plays a 2-3 zone on defense but instead automatically double-teamed Croft, Henry Ford’s best player. It led to 11 crucial steals for Osborn in a game that was tight throughout.
Junior guard Jada Parrott chipped in 10 points for Osborn.
Even with the win, Burton highlighted several areas where his team can improve.
“We need to get stronger and faster," Burton said. "We can work on fundamentals a lot more. We’re a young team, but we’re building and trying to put something together for the future.”
More girls basketball
Detroit CMA 48, Detroit International Academy 33: Vantane Garrett had 25 points and six steals, and Jamiya Owens scored 12 for CMA (6-1, 4-0 PSL Division 2 West).
Detroit Collegiate Prep 64, Detroit Davis Aerospace 3: Sapphire Dawson had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Nikiya Cordell scored 21 for Collegiate Prep (6-1, 4-0 PSL Division 2 West).
Detroit King 84, Detroit Cody 39: Deljanae Williams scored 17 with six steals, Jordan Lewis had 17 points and seven rebounds, Mariah Mitchell scored 15, and Keiah Dancy had 13 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for King (6-2, 4-0 PSL Division 1 East). Amari Harris scored 17 for Cody (7-1, 2-0 PSL Division 1 West).
Detroit Mumford 60, Detroit Pershing 30: Zamaria Polk had 20 points and 18 rebounds, Shania Dinwiddie had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Teirra Ernest had 12 points and five steals for Mumford (5-3, 2-1 PSL Division 1 West).
Detroit West Side Academy 67, Detroit Southeastern 29: Lashaunta Oliver had 18 points and Keyona Battles 14 for West Side (7-2, 4-0 PSL Division 2 West). Kyle Murphy had 11 points for Southeastern.
Grosse Ile 55, Riverview 38: Madison Swick scored 16 and Diana Nunez nine for Grosse Ile (6-2, 2-1 Huron). Sophie Fiema and Samantha Dorn each had nine points for Riverview (3-5, 0-3).
Waterford Lakes 47, Pontiac Notre Dame 40: Brooklyn Robak scored 12 and Isabelle Kline 10 for Lakes (7-3, 2-0 Catholic League).
Peck 45, Caseville 27: Zac Dudley and Ian Sell each scored 13 for Peck (6-1, 1-0 North Central Thumb). Mark Kelly had 11 points for Caseville (1-5, 0-1).
Royal Oak Shrine 50, Waterford Lakes 40: AJ Massucci scored 15 and Colton Davis nine for Shrine (3-4, 1-0 Catholic League). Lakes is 2-4, 0-2.
St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 50, Warren Woods Tower 46: Caleb Bates had 18 points and 17 rebounds, and Nicholas Olmeda had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Lake Shore (6-2, 1-0 MAC Gold). Charles Louis-Anderson had seven points for Tower (5-3, 1-1).
Other boys basketball scores
Romulus Summit 62, Canton Prep 46
Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer.