2013-12-12 / Sports

Lady Cardinals win opener

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Davison’s Alex Gill reacts after getting bumped hard going after a rebound against Grand Blanc last Friday. 
Photo by Lisa Paine Davison’s Alex Gill reacts after getting bumped hard going after a rebound against Grand Blanc last Friday. Photo by Lisa Paine LAPEER — The Davison girls faced a very physical press from Lapeer West at West on Tuesday, but shrugged off the constant double teaming and fought for every ball in a very physical game, coming out on top, 50- 39.

Davison held the slightly comfortable lead, 13-7 after the first quarter, but West did a good job of double teaming every player and clawed and scratched for every loose ball, resulting in numerous on-the-floor battles for control of the ball. Davison fought the good fight as well, though, and despite West’s valiant efforts in the second tying the game at 16-16 at one point, and 19-19 at the intermission, Davison stayed poised and in control, outscoring West, 17-12 in the third, and, 14-8 in the fourth.

Alex Gill led Davison with 17 points, five deflections, five boards and one assist. Hayley Gabriel scored 11 points, had nine deflections, eight rebounds and five assists, Brooke Graham reached double digits with 10 points, eight deflections, 11 rebounds and four assists, and Alex Downing had seven points, seven boards and one assist.

“I think poise, composure and staying power were key to the victory,” said Davison coach Dick MachLachlan. “It’s great to get one of these under our belt this early in the season.”

Last Friday’s home game against a brand new Grand Blanc team was an entirely different story as Davison easily won, 58-12. Davison led, 18-0, after the first quarter and Grand Blanc was unable to score until the 7:09 mark of the second quarter and Davison was still shutting out Grand Blanc, 20-0 at that point. At 6:09, Davison increased the deficit to 23-4, then 31-4 and at half, was ahead by a wide 40-4 margin.

A running clock was started to open the second half and Davison put up four points to Grand Blanc’s three, before finishing out the final frame with a 14-5 showing.

Gabriel led with 15 points, five deflections, four rebounds and seven assists. Graham had 12 points, nine deflections and 10 rebounds, Gill had 10 points, two deflections, seven boards and one assist and Leela Leach had nine points, two deflections, three rebounds and four assists. Downing added four points, five deflections and three boards and Casey Wangler had four points, four deflections and eight assists. Hayley Alderson chipped in with two points, three deflections, three rebounds and one assist.

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