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March 13, 2012

Grosse Pointe South girls basketball team defeats Waterford Kettering to advance to state semis

Blue Devils, Liggett win while Country Day falls in quarters

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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South junior Claire Deboer, pictured earlier this season, and her teammates are headed to the Breslin Center for the state semifinals.

DETROIT — The historic season that Grosse Pointe South's girls basketball team is enjoying will continue, as the Blue Devils defeated Waterford Kettering 58-54 Tuesday evening March 13 in a Class A quarterfinal game played at Calihan Hall.

South (22-3) had already advanced further than it has in the history of the program by winnining  a district title this season, and now the Blue Devils will be heading to East Lansing to face Ann Arbor Huron (21-5) in a semifinal matchup at 2:50 p.m. Friday, March 16 at MSU's Breslin Center.

"The kids I coach are great students, (and) they're very goal-oriented," South coach Kevin Richards said. " I'm very proud of how they performed. They believed. We got a senior like Caitlin Moore; she carried us. Greg Esler (Warren De La Salle boys basketball coach) told me in August, 'stop thinking you just want to win the district. You got to get your kids believing you're going to the Breslin Center.'"

Moore also has some ideas as to why the Blue Dev'ils will be making a trip tp East Lansing.

"No one on our team wanted to lose," she said. "They all played with so much heart. This is our goal, and we didn't want to settle for anything less than that."

Moore led South with 19 points; Claire Deboer chipped in 17 for the Blue Devils.

Allison Bicknell led Ketterling with 13 points, while teammates Hannah Huff and Arjanai Washington scored 11 points, respectively.

Elsewhere, in a Class C quarterfinal at Highland-Milford, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett beat Riverview Gabriel Richard 65-29 to return to East Lansing. Liggett (22-4), state runner-up last year, faces Concord (26-0) in a 1 p.m. Thursday, March 15 state semifinal at the Breslin.

And in Class B, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day lost 56-47 to Goodrich in a quarterfinal at North Branch.


You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.