Renaissance holds off River Rouge
GIRLS’ HOOPS ROUNDUP — Week 1
DCP-NW, King and Denby also win season openers
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
It was first game jitters for both Renaissance and River Rouge girls’ basketball squads as the 2013-14 season got under way Dec. 3. The Phoenix overcame their jitters and pulled away with a hard fought 50-36 victory over the Panthers in a non-league match-up at on their home court.
“Considering that we’re a young team, we’re going to have our ups and downs,” said Renaissance head coach Kiwan Ward. “Defensively, we’re a good team. We are young and we have a lot to learn about clock and game management.”
Sophomore guard/forward Siyeh Frazier led the Phoenix (1-0) with 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Lauren Parks got the double-double for the Phoenix with 12 points and ten rebounds. The Panthers (0-1) had strong game from senior guard Starnisha Harris with game-high 18 points.
There wasn’t any scoring in the opening minutes of the game as neither team could buy a basket. Sophomore forward Jeorgia Jones scored the game’s first points at the 5:40 mark for Renaissance resulting in a 13-2 run for the Phoenix. They hit their shots and led 16-4 after one period of play. Harris started to rally the Panthers in the second period. The Phoenix, on the other hand, was six-for-ten at the free throw line in second period and led 27-15 at the half.
The Panthers pulled within five points of the Phoenix at the 1:30 mark of the third (35-30) when the Panthers went on a 9-0 run which included three straight layups by Harris. The Phoenix countered with Parks who hit two free throws and a put back basket in the closing seconds to keep them in front 39-30 after three periods of play.
With score at 39-33 at the 5:40 mark, the Phoenix put the game away with a 10-3 run which was highlighted by three baskets in a row by Parks.
“I felt we could’ve played better despite first game jitters,” Parks said after the game. “We did play strong for a first game. We will get better.”
“The team played really good for a first game,” Frazier said. “The defense was good.”
In other games
Henry Ford (1-1) gained a split its first week of play with 57-7 rout of the West Side Academy on Dec. 3, and a 59-36 loss at the hands of Denby on Dec. 6. In the Lady Trojans win over West Side Academy, Tierra Thomas scored 30 points, made ten steals and pulled down five rebounds. In the loss against the Lady Tars, Autumn Carlisle scored 10 points for Henry Ford. Denby was paced by Chelsea Harlan with a game-high 32 points. Kierra Warren chipped in with 10. Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern earned its first victory as the Lady Colts defeated East English Village 41-23 in a home game at DCP-Northwestern on Dec. 3.
Senior guard Jasmine Conner had a double-double for DCP-Northwestern with 17 points and ten steals. Defending PSL Girls Hoops Champion Martin Luther King got off on the right foot Dec. 6, as the Lady Crusaders routed Community High 68-22. Senior Marte Grays led King with 21 points and fellow teammate Lashal Jetter added 18 points. Community High got 11 points from Carnisha Levon.