Trailing at halftime, Kettering storms past Clarkston, 55-39
(PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Stickradt)
Lake Orion – There are no style points in girls basketball, especially in the state tournament.
Waterford Kettering didn’t display a fine-tuned offensive machine on Monday. The Captains reverted to a stingy defense to stymie Clarkston. The result was a 55-39 victory over the Wolves in a Class A pre-district at Lake Orion.
Kettering, champions of the Kensington Lakes Activities Association North Division, advances to the district semifinals against Pontiac on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Kettering overcame a rough shooting night (17-for-56) by holding Clarkston (15-6) to only 14-for-57 from the floor. The Captains outscored the Wolves 34-15 in the second half.
Kettering, which made a run to the state quarterfinals last season, swarmed Clarkston during the second half and forced 18 turnovers in the contest. The Captains held Clarkston’s 6-foot-1 sophomore center Kayla Luchenbach to just five points on 2-for-11 shooting from the floor to go along with eight rebounds and four blocks before she fouled out with 4:57 to play.
“Coach always tells us, its starts on the defensive end and the offense will come,” Kettering sophomore Marnae Holland said. “We picked it up in the second half.”
Senior Kayla Russell led Clarkston 14 points.
“Kayla Russell played her heart out, especially in the first half,” Clarkston coach Christine Rogers said. “She didn’t get much help on the offensive end. Maybe that was experience a little bit. Kayla (Luchenbach) only scored five and no one else scored much.”
Holland had 15 points and nine rebounds to pace Kettering. Senior Haley Tewes added 11 points and nine rebounds, senior Emily Bernas followed with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and junior Lillia Schoof followed with six points and 10 rebounds in a balanced effort that saw nine Kettering players score.
“We were moving around a little bit and not letting (Luchenbach) any shots (in the second half),” Kettering coach Scott Woodhull said. “I thought we did a pretty good job on her. I thought our defense as a whole was really good in the second half.
“We were really clean (players) one through nine and the kids did a good job defensively,” continued Woodhull. “We forced them from getting easy shots. That’s our 1-10 with one being the shooter. We pressured the shooter and figured out how to contain them a little bit in the second half.”
Kettering outscored Clarkston 12-4 in the third quarter to take a 33-28 lead.
WATERFORD MOTT 36, OXFORD 26: Mott used a 17-5 third-quarter run to break open a defensive-minded contest to outs Oxford in a Class A pre-district Monday at Lake Orion.
Oxford led 15-12 at the half but only scored 11 total points in the second half. Mott outscored the Wildcats 24-11 over the final 16 minutes to advance to play Lake Orion on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Emily Huff and Monica Reiche both scored eight points to pace Mott (14-7).
Abby Butkiewicz and Madelyn Morris both scored 12 for Oxford (3-18).