Grosse Pointe South smothers Grosse Pointe North

Blue Devils use pressure defense to defeat rivals

By: Thomas Franz | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 17, 2014

From the opening tip, it was clear that Grosse Pointe South had one plan to defeats its crosstown rivals. That plan was to apply pressure on defense and force turnovers to convert into easy buckets.

South jumped out to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter and never let up while going on to win 53-30.

"We've had a little time off so we've focused on conditioning, and I thought we saw it while running the floor. We got some transition layups, and I thought the pace of the game definitely faovred us," South coach Kevin Richards said.

Junior guard Cierra Rice scored 19 points to lead the Blue Devils. Aliezza Brown came off the bench and chipped in with 11 points for South, and sophomore guard Anna Carmody added nine points and six rebounds.

Jayla Hubbard led North with 12 points, and sophomore forward Lucy Dodge added six points and five rebounds.

"I wanted to control the ball offensively a little bit more. We took some quick shots that we didn't have to take, and that hurt us," North coach Gary Bennett said.

South (11-1) will travel to Utica Ford on Jan. 21 while North (5-4) will host Chippewa Valley on the same night.