With 2:30 left, Sha Carter made the shot of the night to extend Birmingham Groves’ winning streak to 12 with a 68-63 road win over West Bloomfield.
The 3-pointer put Groves (15-2, 10-1 OAA White) up by one point, a lead it would not surrender for the remainder of the game.
Despite battling foul trouble all night, Carter was able to come up clutch and she finished with 25 points to lead the team.
“(Carter) did what we needed her to do when we needed her to do it,” Groves head coach Jessica Wieseler said. “It was a total team effort.”
Groves wasn’t used to playing tightly-contested games and Wieseler had nothing but positive things to say about a surprisingly-tough West Bloomfield (5-12, 5-6) team.
“West Bloomfield played phenomenally,” Wieseler said. “I was very impressed with them. They had so many girls scoring and they played tough defense.”
Destiny Monroe led West Bloomfield with 24 points.
Carter’s 3-pointer put an end to the numerous lead changes, bringing relief to a team that had won 11 straight games.
Wieseler saw this performance as an opportunity to improve, noting that man-to-man defense could improve moving forward to playoff time.
“It’s tough to beat a team that shot like West Bloomfield did tonight,” Wieseler said. “Hopefully, we don’t see that again.”
Since this was a makeup game for the Feb. 9 date that was snowed out, Groves will play again on Thursday night at home against Troy Athens.
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Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer