Aliezza Brown was challenged by her coach last week to lead her team, and the junior guard accepted the challenge to the tune of 27 points to lead Grosse Pointe South to a 71-38 victory against Grosse Pointe North in a district final on Feb. 28.
Bre’Nae Andrews added 16 points and six rebounds to pace the Blue Devils.
“We challenged her (Brown) in film, and she didn’t disappoint us. She said she was going to play, and she definitely came ready to play,” South coach Kevin Richards said. “She’s a competitive kid, and I’m really proud of her effort.”
South jumped out against North by using full-court pressure to force North into nine first- quarter turnovers and open up the game with a 13-3 run.
North cut South’s lead to 27-17 midway through the second quarter, but South used a 16-2 run that stretched from the latter parts of the second quarter and early moments of the third to put the game away.
“I thought Grosse Pointe North did a great job; they really tried to control the tempo after we got up early and they slowed us down. I thought we took some rushed shots, but at the same time, we encouraged them in practice that if you get an open look to take advantage of it,” Richards said.
Sophomore forward Erin Armbruster had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead North, which finished its season at 12-10 overall.
The seniors on North’s team this year were guard Maria Liddane, who will be playing at American University next year, Phoebe Dodge and Jayla Hubbard.
South (22-1) advanced to play in regional action at 5:30 p.m. March 4 at Farmington High. The Blue Devils took on Farmington Hills Mercy in a regional semifinal.
The result of the Mercy contest was not available at press time, but the winner will likely play Detroit Martin Luther King on March 6. South, Mercy and King were each ranked in the top-five in Class A prior to the start of the state tournament.
Liggett wins district title
University Liggett turned in two dominant victories in claiming a district title last week. The Knights opened postseason play with a 57-38 win against Detroit Henry Ford Academy before beating Detroit Edison 89-56.
Liggett played its next game in the regional semifinals of Class C against Madison Heights Bishop Foley on March 4. The result was not available at press time. The winner faces the winner of Brown City and Mt. Clemens on March 6 at Foley.