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February 28, 2014

Sterling Heights High girls hoops downs L'Anse Creuse to win district title

Run spanning second, third quarters the difference

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Sterling Heights High girls basketball team will play its is second straight regional tournament after downing Harrison Township L'Anse Creuse in a Feb. 28 MHSAA Class A district final. Pictured is Stallions sophomore guard Nia Anderson during the Feb. 28 district final.

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Sterling Heights High girls basketball team fell behind 10-9 after the first quarter of a  Class A district final against Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse.

A 16-0 run spanning the second and third quarters put the Stallions up 27-12 about halfway through the third quarter. That proved to be the difference, as Sterling Heights High clinched its second straight district title in a 56-34 win over the Lancers Feb. 28 at L’Anse Creuse.

When Stallions coach Rick Repicky pulled his starters, his team was ahead 50-20.

“When we came out at the start, we were kind of really amped up,” Sterling Heights senior point guard Dayshia Vance said. “But we were able to settle down, and now we’re district champs.”

"It's exciting," Repicky said. "We weren't hitting shots early, but even when we weren't making shots, we were creating extra opportunities with offensive rebounds. This is great for the girls."

Sterling Heights High (20-3) advances to play Warren Cousino March 4 at Utica High. The Stallions will enter that game on a 16-game win streak.

A zone defense employed by L’Anse Creuse (6-16) helped give it the lead early, but Sterling Heights was able to break out in the second quarter. The Lancers were able to break Sterling Heights’ full court pressure on a number of occasions throughout the game, but failed to convert on those chances.

“We made the right passes, but we missed so many layups, and that led to so many chances for Sterling Heights to get out and run,” Lancers coach Lisa Downey said. “I felt this was a game we would win. We played really well in the first half. It just got away from us in the second half.”

Junior forward Sade Lemons led Sterling Heights with 17 points; Vance chipped in with 10.

Senior forward Breanna Warner led the Lancers with six points. Seniors Alize Graham and Michaela Jones each netted five for the Lancers.

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