Grosse Pointe South girls basketball working on improving

By: Zachary Manning | Grosse Pointe Times | Published February 4, 2020

 Grosse Pointe South’s Kamryn Richards brings the ball up the floor during a game earlier this season. At press time, the Blue Devils were 10-3 overall.

Grosse Pointe South’s Kamryn Richards brings the ball up the floor during a game earlier this season. At press time, the Blue Devils were 10-3 overall.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — It’s been a mixed bag of highs and lows for the Grosse Pointe South girls basketball team.

The Blue Devils had a nine-game winning streak at one point. On the other side of it, South dropped two straight games to Detroit Edison and Grosse Pointe North.

But even with the ups and downs, South has proven to be one of the top teams in the area. At press time, the Blue Devils were 10-3 overall and 6-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

“We’re playing well. We’ve had a few games where everybody has played well. I’d just like to see better consistency out of our group,” South coach Kevin Richards said.  

Scoring has been one of the stronger points of the team, thanks in large part to the strong backcourt duo of Kamryn Richards and Alexa Downey.

Cameron Lundh, Sophie Iafrate, Payton Roy and Keely Conlan have also played roles for the Blue Devils. Kevin Richards noted that when he’s getting production from others alongside his top two, the team gets better.

The Blue Devils were averaging 55 points per game, which was the top number in the MAC Red and one of the top numbers regardless of division.

The key for South now is to find consistency on both ends of the floor.

“We play fast on both ends, we pressure the ball, we create a lot of turnovers, and we’re trying to get 70-plus possessions a game on offense,” the coach said.

At about the midway point of the season, South has put itself in position to compete for a league title, sitting just one win behind Macomb Dakota.

While winning the MAC Red is a long-term goal for South, Richards wants to see more out of his team.

“I’m looking forward to improving and getting them ready, and hopefully we can take care of some of those long-term goals. In the short term, we just got to get better today,” Richards said.

South will hit the court again at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Utica Eisenhower.