January 30, 2013 - Lady Cagers took the sting out of the Avondale Yellowjackets with a 55-43 win last Friday.
"It was a good road win for us," said Clarkston Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Tim Wasilk. "Avondale is a tough place to play. They are a much improved team."
The Lady Wolves led at the end of the first quarter with 15-10 but slowed down the next quarter. They led by one point going into halftime.
They changed things when they came back to the court from the break to make it a 12-point lead going into the final eight minutes of the game.
"It was really big for us," said Wasilk, explaining they took their press to a half-court defense and were able to get more stops. Plus they adjust the offense as well to help.
"It was good to see our girls close it out," he added. "We struggled in the fourth quarter but we still found a way to close it."
Sophomore Erika Davenport led the team with 23 points while getting 10 rebounds and had two steals. Senior Erin Davenport had 12 points and two assists and senior Delaney Kenny had nine points, seven rebounds and two assists.
"We played pretty well offensively," said Wasilk. "We moved the ball well. Our guards did a really nice job handling the pressure on the full court and half court - in particular, Erin and Delaney. It was nice to see. It was a competitive game."
Juniors Carly Giroux and Kacy Robinson also had an impact in the game. Giroux scored seven points and had five rebounds and four steals. Robinson had five rebounds and three steals.
The girls beat Pontiac on Monday, 36-29. Erika led the team with 21 points.
"It is always a tough place to play," Wasilk said before the game.
The win keeps the Lady Wolves undefeated in the OAA Red at 8-0 as they head into their game against Troy this Thursday.
They beat Troy earlier this season and Wasilk expects it to be a different game than the last time they saw them.
"They are healthier than they were when we played them before Christmas," he noted. "They are an improved team. It should be a good matchup. They were struggling a little bit before Christmas."
The girls basketball action begins on Thursday at Troy High School as the freshman team plan to continue their winning streak at 4:30 p.m.
The JV and varsity teams play at Clarkston. JV is at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.