Chargers and North Farmington meet for second time, 7 p.m. Feb. 3 in Lathrup Village

By: Mike Moore | C&G Newspapers | Published February 3, 2011

 Senior Andrea Collins and the Chargers were 9-3 overall and atop the Red Division with a perfect 8-0 record at press time. They’ll put that perfect division record on the line Feb. 3 against North Farmington.

Senior Andrea Collins and the Chargers were 9-3 overall and atop the Red Division with a perfect 8-0 record at press time. They’ll put that perfect division record on the line Feb. 3 against North Farmington.

Photo by Andrew Potter

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In the first meeting of the season, a 14-point halftime lead quickly evaporated to five.

In the second meeting, one team is looking for more of the same, while the other hopes things play out much differently.

“We were able to get out to a quick start, hold down some of their better scorers and do some of the things we wanted to do,” Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup girls basketball coach Michele Jackson said of her team’s 55-49 win against North Farmington back in December, in which her team led 20-9 after the first quarter and 33-19 at the half. “I don’t know if we’ll build as big of a lead, but if we can come out ready to play again, we’ll be in good shape.”

The Oakland Activities Association Red Division foes meet for the second and final time this season at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at Lathrup.

Much like Jackson knows another quick start will be key for her team, Raiders coach Tim Carruthers knows avoiding that early hole is just as necessary.

“We’ve got to come out firing from the beginning,” he said. “That’s too good of a basketball team that does too many things well to fall behind that far. … Our girls battled back, and we got it within five in the fourth quarter, but they were just too strong.”

Lathrup’s been strong all season. At press time, the Chargers were 9-3 overall and atop the Red Division with a perfect 8-0 record.

Even still, Jackson isn’t focusing on a league title, or much of anything specific just yet.

“We’ve played well so far, but we’re not worried about winning the Red or going undefeated or anything like that,” she said. “The way we look at it, if we’re playing strong basketball, wins and losses, and the league standings will take care of themselves.“

As for Carruthers, whose team is 7-6 overall and 4-5 in the Red, there’s no ambition of playing the role of spoiler against Lathrup.

“Our focus is preparing for the district tournament,” he said. “Any chance you get to play a team as solid as Lathrup is, you have to take advantage of that opportunity. We don’t have a ton of playoff experience, so being in situations against a good team is only going to make us stronger.”

 

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