Tuesday’s preps: Wayne defeats Brighton to claim KLAA girls title
Brighton – Wayne used its full-court pressure and half-court trap to cause problems for Brighton in the KLAA championship game Tuesday night, leading to a 61-48 victory.
Brighton, 18-2 and ranked No. 20 in The Detroit News State Super 20, set the tempo with 6-foot-2 junior Sophie Dziekan making three inside baskets during a game-opening 9-1 run.
But then No. 5 Wayne (17-2) used its quickness to force seven turnovers to pull within 13-11 after one.
Brighton increased its lead to 20-13 with Elaine Halonen making two 3-pointers before Wayne senior guard Sammiyah Hoskin took over, scoring 11 during a 17-7 run to turn a 20-13 deficit into a 30-27 lead late in the half.
Hoskin made a 3-pointer to start the run, then attacked the basket and made free throws after being fouled or finishing at the basket.
Wayne led 32-30 at halftime, then took control in the third quarter by forcing seven more turnovers and turning them into transition baskets or free throws with Illinois-bound point guard Jeanae Terry leading the way.
Terry scored seven during the third to help Wayne open a 49-36 lead.
To make matters worse for Brighton, Wayne 6-0 sophomore Alanna Micheaux was making things tough on Dziekan, who made 6-of-7 shots from the field in the first half, but missed her three shots during the pivotal third quarter.
Brighton also had several players get in foul trouble in the second half and could get no closer than seven points in the fourth quarter as Wayne made its free throws down the stretch to repeat as KLAA champion.
“We started off the first quarter really rocky but took their punch and punched back,” said Hoskin, who scored 21, making 12-of-14 free throws. “It feels great to repeat. We worked really hard and got what we deserved.”
Terry finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Dziekan scored 22 for Brighton but made just 2-of-9 shots from the field in the second half.
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Detroit News staff contributed.