BEST OF MICHIGAN: Shorthanded No. 1 Edison holds off Homewood (Ill.) Flossmoor
BELLEVILLE — Even playing without one of its top players, Detroit Edison can still knock off one of the other best teams in the Midwest.
With Clemson-bound Gabby Elliott relegated to the bench for the duration, the Pioneers still had enough to outlast Homewood Flossmoor, 44-41, at the LBI Best of Michigan Holiday Classic at Belleville High School on Saturday.
Ranked No. 1 in the STATE CHAMPS! Initial top 25, Edison (3-0) pulled away from the Vikings, ranked No. 2 in Illinois’ Class 4A in the Dec. 4 Associated Press poll, at the very end of the game.
Daija Tyson (Bradley) assisted on a bucket, scored herself, then got a steal and a layup to put Edison up 41-39 with 2:42 left. The Pioneers would hold the Vikings without a field goal for the final 4:31 of the game. The defense of Shaulana Wagner forced an airball on Flossmoor’s final possession, allowing Edison to hold on.
Tyson finished with 10 points, while Damiya Hagemann and Ruby Whitehorn had eight each. Grace Hall led Flossmoor with 18 points, while Imani Mitchell added 10 off the bench.