Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Elite Eight -- Opening Arguments

Breaking down some of the top performances in the district opener

8. Breanna Bias/Jessica Mehr -- South Lyon
The South Lyon two-headed monster came up huge for the Lions as they both poured in double-digit points on Monday night to lead South Lyon past Fowlerville. Bias scored 15 points, while hauling in 11 rebounds, while Mehr scored a game-high 18 points in the district opener to help lead South Lyon into a district semifinal game against Milford..

7. Jaimee Beckett -- Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood
Beckett quietly had a dominant night in the post for Cranbrook on Monday night as she scored a game-high 18 points, while also coming away with eight rebounds and four blocks to lead the Cranes to a convincing win over Clawson and on to the district semifinals where they will face Country Day.

6. Grant Luzynski -- Walled Lake Northern/Patrick Carney -- Novi
Both of these goaltenders had a lot to do with the battle that would never end between Novi and Walled Lake Northern on Monday. Both net-minders made over 50 saves on Monday night, but Luzynski came up huge in the overtime sessions, turning away 31 shots in overtime, including a penalty shot to help Northern survive the five overtime thriller and advance in the state tournament.

5. Marissa Cotton -- Farmington Hills Harrison
Cotton was beyond dangerous from beyond the arc as she knocked down five 3-pointers on Monday to help lead Harrison to a narrow win over North Farmington. Cotton, the lone senior on the Hawks roster poured in 14 of her game-high 19 point on Monday night in the first half as she helped spark the rest of the Harrison team as the Hawks took a one-point lead into halftime.

4. Allyssa Copely -- Holly 
Copely did a little bit of everything in Holly's district opening win over Flint Metro League foe Ortonville Brandon as the Broncho's star center tallied 16 points on Monday night to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks as Holly advanced to the district semifinals where it will face Fenton, who Holly split the regular season series with.

3. Lauren Hung -- Waterford Mott
Plenty of people (myself included) overlooked the Corsairs in this district, but Hung and Mott made us think twice. After falling at the hands of Kettering three times earlier in this season, Hung would not be denied of a win on the fourth (and most important) attempt as she poured in a game-high 21 points to help Mott finally pick up a win over the Captains and advanced to the district semifinals where it will face Troy Athens.

2. Shannon Wilson -- Bloomfield Hills Andover
Wilson couldn't be stopped on either end of the floor in Andover's win over Lahser as the Baron's star poured in 23 points to lead the offensive attack for Andover, while also coming away with 11 steals to lead the defensive charge. Wilson also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out eight assists as she came extremely close to picking up a very rare quadruple-double.

1. Sami Stormont -- Royal Oak
Stormont was on a mission last night and led the way to an opening round win as the senior nearly outscored Southfield by her self, scoring 28 points in a 50-29 win over the Blue Jays. Stormont fell just one steal shy of a triple double as she finished with 10 rebounds and nine steals, while dishing out five assists as she helped lead the Ravens to the district semifinals on Royal Oak's home floor.

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