Thursday's high schools: Grosse Pointe North girls roll past Macomb Dakota
Grosse Pointe North defeated Macomb Dakota 47-34 Thursday night, winning its sixth straight game and staying undefeated in the MAC Red.
Grosse Pointe North coach Gary Bennett credited his team’s defense for securing the win. That defense only tightened after North held a 22-16 lead after the first half.
“We had some good defensive pressure in the second half, creating turnovers that led to easy baskets,” Bennett said.
Although Dakota (1-5) has yet to win a MAC Red game, Bennett said Dakota played really well.
Sophomore Annabel Ayrault has stepped up her game. She scored 13 against Dakota after having 18 in Grosse North’s win against Port Huron Northern on Tuesday.
“We have a lot of players who fill different roles, but in terms of someone who’s improved, it’s Annabel,” Bennett said.
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Sophia Borowski added 10 points for North.
Bennett said the entire team has been improving during the season as players have gotten better at passing and getting defensive pressure, which proved key in Thursday's win.
“I’m pretty pleased with our team, and I care that we compete," Bennett said. "As long as we’re competing, it’s fun,”
Dakota, led in scoring by Hannah Toutant with 13, will face Birmingham Seaholm on Friday, as Grosse Pointe North hosts rivals Grosse Pointe South on Monday.
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