When Detroit Country Day started the season 1-3, coach Frank Orlando described his girls basketball team as “down.”
On Thursday at the Motor City Roundball Classic at Warren Lincoln, Country Day relied on a trio of seniors to get back up in a 75-63 win over Port Huron Northern.
Country Day (2-3) was up one point at halftime, but the second half was a back-and-forth affair before Country Day finally pulled away at the end.
“I was more than happy,” Orlando said. “This team showed some courage in the second half. The kids didn’t quit, they played hard and came back real good.”
Senior point guard Jasmine Powell was Country Day’s best offensive player with 26 points.
“She (Powell) drove to the basket quite well,” Orlando said. “She went to the hole and scored quite a bit on the inside.”
Senior guard Maddie Novak scored 23 for Country Day, raining in four 3-pointers.
Senior forward/center Adrian Folks took the game over in the second half for Country Day, scoring 17 of her 21 in the third and fourth quarters by pounding Northern's defense inside.
“I think we’re going to have to play as team more and more as the season goes on,” Orlando said. “If we include all five players, I think we can have a very successful season.”
Ally Shagena scored 22 for Northern (5-1).
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Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer.