Harper Woods — Nykesha Sanders and Emaia O’Brien were knocking down 3-pointers, giving Harper Woods Chandler Park a reason to think upset with its Division 2 district semifinal game against top-ranked Detroit Edison tied at 20 midway through the second quarter Wednesday night.
But, standout sophomore guard Damiya Hagemann made sure Edison would have nothing to do with it, answering Chandler Park’s 10-0 run with one of its own to open up a 30-20 lead, and Edison went on to dominate the third quarter to power its way to an impressive 79-49 win.
Edison — 21-1 and ranked No. 7 nationally by USA Today — entered the season as the two-time defending Class C state champions, then decided to move up and compete in Division 2 with a team led by Miss Basketball favorite in 6-foot-3 Rickea Jackson (Mississippi State), junior guard/forward Gabby Elliott and Hagemann who already owns multiple Big Ten offers.
Jackson scored 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Elliott scored 20 on 9-of-15 shooting to go along with nine rebounds.
Hagemann scored 14 and Ariel Jenkins, eight points and 12 rebounds, six on the offensive end as Edison finished with 23 offensive rebounds.
After Edison took a 20-10 lead early in the second quarter on Jackson’s floater in the lane, Chandler Park — 16-5 and ranked No. 17 in the News Super 20 — scored 10 unanswered points, starting with an inside basket by Taylor Walton, followed by a 3-pointer from O’Brien, a putback by Walton and a 3-pointer by Anaya Kennedy to force a timeout by Edison with the game tied at 20 with 5:40 left in the half.
Then, Edison put on fullcourt pressure and Hagemann was the catalyst, first finding Jackson for a layup, then scoring herself off a driving layup, followed by a steal and pass to Jackson for a 26-20 cushion.
Jackson then got a steal off the press and scored a layup; Elliott got a steal in the halfcourt set, Keaira Jennings took a charge and Hagemann ended the 10-0 run with another driving layup with 3:50 left.
Yes, that’s how dangerous Edison is with its defense fueling its offense, forcing four turnovers in less than two minutes.
“They were aggressive so we were aggressive back and I feel that’s why we got the steals and made some baskets,” Hagemann said of the pivotal 10-0 second-quarter run.
Said Jackson: “That stretch was very important. We know that CPA is a really good defensive team and they can create a lot of havoc and get turnovers so we knew that they were trying to speed us up so us being Detroit Edison, we play our game and we slow ourselves down so we don’t give them what they want.”
Chandler Park — coached by Dave Mann who owns 754 career wins, placing him No. 2 in state history — didn’t go away. Instead, Sanders made her third 3-pointer of the half and both ends of a 1-1 to spark a 10-7 run to pull within 37-30 at halftime.
Edison coach Monique Brown told her team to push the ball at every chance in the second half and her players responded with a 26-7 run to open up the third quarter for a 63-37 lead.
And, all of Edison’s points during the third quarter were within eight feet of the basket, including six transition baskets and 10 points off of second chance opportunities.
“In the locker room Coach (Brown) said to keep our heads up, just told us to play great defense and get the outlet passes to get easy layups,” Hagemann said. “I felt we came out real focused, more focused them they did.”
“We talked at halftime, amped each other up, went out and played great defense, passed each other the ball and made key shots,” said Jackson of the third quarter dominance.
Sanders scored 14, shooting 4-of-5 on 3-pointers for Chandler Park, which as a team was 7-of-25 on 3-pointers, including just 2-of-13 during the second half. Walton finished with 11 points.
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