Whitehorn returns to lineup, helps top-ranked Edison dominate No. 2 West Bloomfield, 69-41
West Bloomfield – Detroit Edison four-star junior Ruby Whitehorn couldn’t wait to get back on the court again after missing two games with a concussion.
And, it showed.
Whitehorn, a 6-foot guard/forward, scored eight, making two 3-pointers in the opening quarter to help Edison – 8-0 and ranked No. 1 in The News Super 20 poll – set the tempo, jumping out to a 24-6 lead over No. 2 West Bloomfield Tuesday night.
And, Edison led the rest of the way, opening up a 20-point (37-17) halftime lead with Whitehorn scoring 10 more, and going on for a 69-41 victory.
Whitehorn finished with 24 points with Michigan State-bound point guard Damiya Hagemann scoring 26, making four 3-pointers.
“I had to sit out for two games since I had a concussion, so I was really excited and eager to get out there,” said Whitehorn who missed Edison’s overtime win over Farmington Hills Mercy. “I suffered the concussion in the Renaissance game, missed the games against Mercy and Cass Tech. Really, it was the first time I played in two weeks and I was just so excited to be playing again, just wanted to do my best.”
And, obviously, Whitehorn did.
It was the second time this season that Edison defeated West Bloomfield, coming away with a 62-53 win on Feb. 23.
Hagemann, the frontrunner to win Miss Basketball, was the catalyst, scoring 10 in the opening quarter, including two 3-pointers, then scoring 10 more in the third, including another two 3-pointers.
Hagemann also displayed her outstanding playmaking ability, including a no-look pass to Whitehorn for a layup and 66-37 cushion with just under four minutes remaining.
“Last time we played them we got up on them just like tonight, and Coach (Monique) Brown told us to stay focused this time and not fold since we only won by nine last time, so this was a statement for us today,” Hagemann said.
“I wasn’t as focused in warmups the last time we played them, probably my worst game of the season, so I knew I had to really be focused this game and get us going.”
Edison used its quickness and was aggressive defensively from the opening tip to cause problems for West Bloomfield, never letting it get comfortable in the halfcourt set.
Sydney Hendrix scored 17 and Logan Lewis 12 for West Bloomfield (8-3) which is having a tough week, losing on a last second shot to No. 11 Harper Woods Chandler Park Monday night, 79-78.
Edison will continue its challenging schedule Thursday when it plays host to No. 15 Ypsilanti Arbor Prep before playing at No. 5 East Grand Rapids Saturday.
More girls high school basketball
Dearborn High 50, Macomb Lutheran North 44: Serena Faraj scored 14, Erin Moran 14, and Nour Saab 12 for Dearborn (10-4). Julia Zavel scored 17 for North (4-5).
Farmington Hills Mercy 51, South Lyon East 45: Sophie Dugas scored 12 and Maya White 11 for Farmington Mercy (8-3). Taylor Anderson had 16 and Nina Perl 10 for Lyon East (9-4).
Grosse Pointe North 50, Port Huron Northern 31: Annabel Ayrault scored 19 for North (9-2, 8-1 MAC Red). Camille Keyes scored 13 for Northern (4-7, 3-6).
Hartland 53, Plymouth 29: Amanda Roach scored 17 and Gracey Metz 13 for Hartland (12-0, 12-0 KLAA West). Ainsley Florence had 10 for Plymouth (7-6, 6-6).
Madison Heights Lamphere 54, Center line 13: Ava Wark scored 12 and Kate Robinson 10 for Lamphere (8-1). Center line is 1-8.
St Clair Shores Lakeview 52, Fraser 21: Tricia Sankiewicz scored 13 and Kayla Austin 10 for Lakeview (10-1, 8-1 MAC Blue). Fraser is 1-9, 1-8.
Westland John Glenn 47, Romulus 35: Taylor Watkins-Johnson scored 26 and India Grissom 15 for Westland Glenn (5-6). Ciara Hardy had 13 for Romulus (7-1).
Boys high school basketball
Austin Catholic 35, Auburn Hills Christian 29: Lukas Bruni scored seven for Austin (1-7). Rimancia Price scored 11 and Timothy Timble 10 for Christian (0-4).
Cass Tech 48, Detroit Mumford 38: Morris Upshaw scored 17 and Mekhai Walker 10 for Cass Tech (12-1, 7-1). Julius Anderson scored 11 for Mumford (5-2, 5-2).
Dearborn Heights Robichaud 65, Redford Thurston 45: Jaylen Carter scored 25, DeAndre Patrick had 15 with 14 rebounds and Gregory Jackson 10 for Robichaud (5-3, 4-3 Western Wayne). Deshawn Graves had 21 for Thurston (2-6, 2-5).
Detroit CMA 77, Detroit Western International 73: Jeremiah Henderson scored 30, Ryan Jackson 16, and D'Angelo Gilmore 13 for CMA (5-3,3-3 PSL West). Marquis Hare scored 17 for Western (2-8).
Harper Woods Chandler Park 57, Troy Athens 42: Dylan Grant scored 18, Tamario Adley 13 and Antonio Hudson 11 for Chandler Park (10-2). Troy Athens is 7-4.
Boys basketball scores
Detroit CMA 77, Detroit Western 74
Detroit Henry Ford 83, Detroit Collegiate 41
Detroit East English 68, Detroit Osborn 33
Detroit Cass Tech 48, Detroit Mumford 38
Goodrich 64, Ortonville Brandon 48
Belleville 47, Livonia Stevenson 36
Canton 60, Salem 42
Hartland 51, Plymouth 36
Northville 55, Novi 46
Birmingham Groves 68, Birmingham Seaholm 35
Rochester Adams 53, Rochester 52
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 53, Oxford 21
West Bloomfield 66, Southfield A&T 55
Dearborn Heights Crestwood 54, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 41
Warren De La Salle 79, Farmington 55
Girls basketball scores
Detroit Cody 54, Detroit Osborn 19
Ortonville Brandon 35, Goodrich 33
Brighton 42, Howell 32
Dearborn 60, Macomb Lutheran North 44
Livonia Franklin 47, Livonia Churchill 14
Livonia Stevenson 41, Belleville 37
Hartland 53, Plymouth 29
Madison Heights Lamphere 54, Center Line 13
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 50, Utica 46
New Haven 53, Hazel Park 44
Romeo 42, Sterling Heights Stevenson 29
Warren Cousino 23, Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse 20
Warren Lincoln 40, Clinton Township Clintondale 19
Berkley 45, Troy Athens 29
Lake Orion 37, Rochester 30
Oxford 36, Auburn Hills Avondale 29
Clarkston 45, Royal Oak 44
Birmingham Groves 68, Southfield A&T 60
Troy 57, North Farmington 34
Redford Thurston 71, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 37
Detroit Country Day 35, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 32
Farmington Hills Mercy 51, South Lyon East 45