Rivals meet in ‘Crosstown Showdown’

By: Christian Davis | Rochester Post | Published January 19, 2016

 Rochester Adams senior Taylor Smith led the Highlanders to a victory against Rochester High in the 10th annual Crosstown Showdown. The Highlanders won 58-27. Smith finished with a game-high 13 points

Rochester Adams senior Taylor Smith led the Highlanders to a victory against Rochester High in the 10th annual Crosstown Showdown. The Highlanders won 58-27. Smith finished with a game-high 13 points

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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ROCHESTER HILLS — New to Rochester Adams this year, senior Taylor Smith didn’t know what to expect when it came to the Crosstown Showdown Jan. 15 with rival Rochester High.

It’s an annual event, now in its 10th year, that brings both the boys and girls basketball teams from each school, along with a throng of fans, to Oakland University.

“I didn’t realize it was such a big deal. The crowd was real big,” Smith said.

The girls tipped off first, and Adams came away with the victory. The Highlanders scored the first 15 points of the game and never looked back, winning 58-27.

Adams coach Shay Lewis said she started all five of her seniors.

“I knew this was their last time on this court and in this game,” she said. “This is so exciting. For one, they get to play on a college court. For two, the crowd is so engaged.”

Smith led all scorers with 13 points, and senior teammate Maggie Rogers chipped in eight points, all in the first quarter.

Rochester was led by Angie Lekosiotis and Nicole Cubba, each with seven points.

The win was Adams’ sixth straight in the event and put the Highlanders at 2-6 overall at press time. Rochester fell to 1-8.

In the nightcap, the Adams boys squad beat the Falcons 57-45.

To start the game, the referees pointed each team off in the wrong direction, and when Adams scored off the tip, the two points went to Rochester, starting an 11-1 run for the Falcons.

“In this environment, before we knew it, it was 11-1,” Adams coach John Hall said. “I was really proud of the kids. With this many people and the buildup to this game, they could have caved, but they slowly and methodically worked themselves back into the game.”

By the end of the first quarter, Adams trailed 13-11.

The Highlanders took over in the second, outscoring Rochester 14-7 and taking the lead for good.

Adams senior Spencer Littleson had nine points in the frame, part of his game-high 25 points.

“The game started off with that four-point swing, and that kind of got us off track, but we’ve been playing together so much, we looked at each other and said, ‘All right, batten down the hatches. Let’s go,’” Littleson said. “We’re a good enough team that we can come back from any early deficit.”

Sophomore Hunter Schattler led the Falcons with 19 points.

Adams moved to 8-0 overall and has won the last four Crosstown Showdowns and eight of 10.

“This is something the kids will remember the rest of their lives, so they were ready to play — there’s no doubt about that,” Hall said.            

Rochester went to 4-4 overall.

Even in the loss, Rochester coach John Pleasant was grateful for the event.

“Not everyone gets to do this; we’re very fortunate,” he said.

For more on the game, visit www.candgnews.com.

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