Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett guard Delaney Garvey sets to take a shot in a Feb. 26 playoff game against Mount Clemens High. Garvey led all scorers with 17 points as the Knights beat the Battling Bathers 42-36

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett guard Delaney Garvey sets to take a shot in a Feb. 26 playoff game against Mount Clemens High. Garvey led all scorers with 17 points as the Knights beat the Battling Bathers 42-36

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Liggett girls hoops outlasts Mount Clemens in playoff opener

Second quarter the difference for the Knights in win

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published February 26, 2018

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In her first high school girls basketball playoff game, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett guard Delaney Garvey led all scorers with 17 points and tallied 12 steals in the team's 42-36 win over Mount Clemens High Feb. 26 in a Class C district quarterfinal at Clinton Township Clintondale.

"We rely on (Garvey) a lot," Liggett coach John Bandos said. "She's a good player; she's a smart player. That's what is good about our school. We're able to play a freshman and see how good she is."

Liggett advances to take on New Haven High in a district semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Clintondale. The other half of the bracket includes Clintondale, Warren Michigan Collegiate and Detroit Pershing. The district final is set for 6 p.m. March 2.

The Knights (12-7) had to hold off the Bathers (6-13). After building a 24-8 halftime lead, and a 36-18 advantage after three quarters, Liggett went cold. Mount Clemens outscored Liggett 18-6 in the fourth quarter, including 25-8 over the last 12 minutes of game time.

"We fought. I'm proud of how the girls battled out of the hole we dug ourselves," Mount Clemens coach Derrick McKinney said. "We were able to close the gap. We just weren't able to close out the game. That's something we'll learn to do."

The second quarter proved to be the difference, as Liggett outscored Mount Clemens 17-4 to build its halftime lead. Garvey scored 10 in the frame. 

"We put more pressure on the ballhandlers and we made our layups," Bandos said. "We relaxed and missed a lot of layups in the second half, and that's why (Mount Clemens) was able to close the gap. We'll have to execute better if we're going to advance further into the playoffs."

Knights forward Maria Pas netted 11 points in the win.

Cataria Weaver led the Bathers with 11 points. Mount Clemens forward Jayla Johnson and guard Janay Felts netted 10 and 8 points, respectively.

For continuous coverage of the girls state basketball playoffs, check www.candgnews.com.