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Basketball Roundup: Port Huron High, PHN girls each earn victories

By Joseph Hayes

They were right back on the court.

Earlier in the week, the Port Huron High and Port Huron Northern girls basketball teams fought each other for local bragging rights.

After a night off, the teams each returned to the court Wednesday night for important Macomb Area Conference Red Division games.

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The Big Reds and Huskies would each come away victorious Wednesday after close conference games.

Northern defeated Macomb Dakota, 41-40, in overtime; and Port Huron High defeated Grosse Pointe South, 44-41.

Ally Shagena paced the Huskies in their win with 17 points and Jersey McGregor added 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.

Morgan James had 15 points for the Big Reds in their victory; with Julia Gilbert adding 10 points and Madison Landschoot scoring nine points for the Big Reds (5-2, 7-3).

In the Northern victory, Carly Moran of Macomb Dakota made back to back 3-pointers to start the overtime period and put Dakota up by six.

But the Huskies defense helped Northern find its way back into the game and Shagena put the Huskies ahead by a point with a free throw with under a minute to play.

The Huskies would stop Dakota (0-7, 2-7) on its final possession of the game.

“Dakota shot the ball well from the arc throughout the game,” Port Huron Northern coach Kevin Landschoot said. “We were able to pick up our defensive intensity late in regulation and also in overtime, which created some turnovers. We did a nice job getting to the basket down the stretch which resulted in some big points as well as opportunities at the foul line.”

Meanwhile Port Huron High also got a few key stops down the stretch to pull out the win.

“(It was) another team effort win,” Port Huron coach Becky Gilbert said. “Super proud of our girl’s effort tonight. Made some big stops defensively.

“The girls are working well together offensively and defensively. They look for each other on offense and really have bought into our defensive strategy/game plan each night. And they all hustle so well. It’s such a fun group to coach.”

Port Huron Northern will travel to Eisenhower on Friday. Port Huron High meanwhile will host Grosse Pointe North Friday.


In more local sports news: Richmond mourns the passing of longtime football coach, John Kocher.

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