Saturday, March 2, 2013

Elite Eight -- On To The Next One

Breaking down the top performances from Friday's girls basketball district finals action

8. Marissa Cotton -- Farmington Hills Harrison
Cotton continued her strong play in district play as the Harrison senior scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Harrison attack, which saw three different players score in double figures (Amber Stephens - 13, Kyla Roland 10 pts, 10 rebounds). Cotton, who scored 52 points in the three district games, helped lead the Hawks to their first ever basketball district championship.

7. Kara Holinski -- Birmingham Marian
Holinski scored a team-high 14 points on Friday night as she helped lead a balanced scoring attack for Marian, who rolled to a dominating win over West Bloomfield as the Mustangs advanced to the regional semifinals. The Marian sophomore buried three 3-pointers in the first half, where she tallied 13 of her 14 points as Marian put West Bloomfield away early on.

6. Ava Doetsch -- Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes
Doetsch, who recently went over the 1,000 career point mark, scored a game-high 15 points for the Lakers, who survived an upset bid from Birmingham Roeper in Friday's district final. Doetsch came up clutch down the stretch for the Lakers as she knocked down four of her final six free throw attempts to ice the game away and Lakes once again won a district title.

5. Allie Gorcyca/Taylor Jones -- Farmington Hills Mercy
Jones poured in a game-high 18 points, while Gorcyca added in 14 more to lead the Mercy attack to a convincing district final win over Detroit Mumford on Friday night. Jones helped lead the Marlin's offense when it came to driving to the hoop, while Gorcyca was her usual sharp-shooting self as the Marlins moved on to the regional semifinals.

4. Erika Davenport -- Clarkston
After Davenport's performance against Oxford in the district final, the sophomore should be nicknamed "The Eraser," as the sophomore swatted five shots to help lead a Clarkston defensive attack which allowed just 17 Oxford points and just two second half field goals. Davenport also recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds as Clarkston picked up another district title.

3. Kristen Massey -- Novi Franklin Road Christian
Massey did just about everything she could on Friday night to give Franklin Road a shot to pick up a district title. Massey poured in an impressive 38 points, while knocking down 15 of her 20 free throw attempts in a narrow loss to Plymouth Christian.

2. Lucia Westrick -- Clarkston Everest Collegiate
Westrick was simply unstoppable on Friday as the Clarkston Everest star recorded a double-double of 34 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Mountaineers to a district title. Westrick drained 16 shots from the field to account for 32 of her 34 points as Clarkston Everest picked up its 18th win of the season.

1. Christina Green - Southfield-Lathrup
Green was flat out dominant in Friday's district final win over Royal Oak, as the senior center recorded a monstrous double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds while blocking three shots. Green came up big in the third quarter as she accounted for 10 of her 24 points as she helped Lathrup take its lead to double digits for the first time all game as the Chargers advanced to the regional round for the third straight year.

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