Toledo Waite nearly knocks off No. 1 Detriot Country Day

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Detriot Country Day 56, Toledo Waite 53
Detroit Country Day is the No. 1 rated Division II girls’ basketball team in the State of Michigan and has several players already committed to play for Division I college teams next fall.

And the Toledo Waite Lady Indians came within 21 seconds of defeating the Lady Yellow Jackets but collapsed at the end to lose, 56-53.



Detroit Country Day is the No. 1 rated Division II girls’ basketball team in the State of Michigan and has several players already committed to play for Division I college teams next fall.

And the Toledo Waite Lady Indians came within 21 seconds of defeating the Lady Yellow Jackets but collapsed at the end to lose, 56-53.

The Lady Indians proved to be opportunistic in the first half and, as a result, they were able to build a six point lead by halftime despite only shooting 28 percent (9-for-32). The visiting Yellow Jackets were shooting the ball well (11-for-22) but they also committed 14 turnovers that allowed the Indians to take 10 more shots.

The Indians also found their way to the foul line twice as often as the Yellow Jackets and the combined result of these factors allowed the Indians to overcome their shooting woes.

After the break, however, the talent and experience of the Yellow Jackets began to show. The Indians continued to have difficulty finding the opening in the basket and the Jackets continued their hot shooting. Slowly but gradually the Yellow Jackets began cutting into the Indian’s lead. The Lady Indians, however, would not fold. With aggressiveness and solid defense Waite somehow held their lead but the momentum had definitely shifted to the visitors from the north.

Leading the Detroit Country Day surge was senior Erica Solomon. Solomon scored 10 of her team leading 16 points, including the basket that ultimately gave the Jackets the lead, down the stretch. The Indians, who had played good defense all afternoon, could not come up with an answer Solomon and it proved to be their undoing.

The Yellow Jackets finally took the lead with only seven seconds remaining in the game and added two insurance points from the foul line when the Indians were forced to foul in order to stop the clock. Still, with three seconds remaining, the Indians had one last chance to tie the game but time expired before the Indians could get off a shot.

“I thought the girls played well,” said Waite coach Manny May. ” Our inexperience, we have only one senior, took its toll at the end but I think these kind of games are good at this time of year. Games against quality teams like Detroit Country Day prepare you for the tournament and, although we would have liked to win, this was a good experience for us.”

Waite’s Natasha Howard had another outstanding game. Her 22 points and 9 rebounds were both game highs and it was definitely her presence that allowed the Indians to stay in the game for as long as they did. Howard’s teammate, Kenya Middlebrook, added 14 points.

With their loss the Indians fall to 12-6. They will begin preparing this week to defend their City League basketball title by playing Notre Dame Academy this Wednesday in the opening semi-final game at Toledo Start’s new gym. The first game is scheduled for 6:30 pm.

 

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