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Davenport’s 27 points powers Clarkston past Rochester Adams, 57-49

By: Brittany Baxter, February 23, 2015, 11:00 pm

Rochester – Erika Davenport scored 27 points including three free throws late to lead Clarkston to a 57-49 victory over Rochester Adams in an Oakland Activities Association Red Division game at Adams on Monday.

Clarkston (12-6, 5-3) can clinch second place in the Red with a victory over Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (13-5, 4-4) Tuesday at home.

Southfield-Lathrup (17-1, 8-0) has already first place.

   “We came into the game and knew they were a good team,” Davenport said. “(We knew) that it was going to be a competitive game and we were going to go back and forth.”

   That’s the way the game in the early going.

   Amber Jamison of Adams went coast to coast and scored to pull the Highlanders within 11-10 with 1:05 left in the first quarter.

    Nicole Shaw’s 3-pointer gave Adams (12-5, 3-5) a 13-11 lead at the end of the quarter.

    Adams continued its strong play in the second and Jamison’s two fast-break layups helped the Highlanders build a 29-23 lead at halftime.

   “We had to get over that first half and set the tempo for the rest of the game,” Davenport said.

   Clarkston quickly wiped out that deficit as the wolves opened the second half with a 13-0 run and retake the lead, 36-29.

   Turnovers plagued the Highlanders in the quarter and, with Jamison in foul trouble, Adams struggled.

   That’s when Davenport took control and the Highlanders had difficulty containing the 6-foot senior.

   “Offensively our team in general did a great job,” Clarkston coach Tim Wasilk said.

   The competitive nature wasn’t new between Jamison and Davenport. The two played on the same AAU team and the competition between the two brings out the best in both according to Davenport.

  “We are like sisters and we are always going against each other,” Davenport said. “It makes us more competitive and better players.”

    Adams will get another shot at Clarkston next Monday as the two rivals meet in the first round of the Class A district at Lake Orion at 7 p.m.

   “This is an extremely tough district and it is hard to play the same team more than once in a season,” Davenport said. “You have to have mental toughness each time and give it your all.”