MHSAA Basketball - From the Depths of January through the Thaw of March

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Welcome back to another exciting episode of the High School Basketball Report from Spartan Nation! I’m sure you remember me; I’m Jeffrey Cottrell, your curator of high school hoops! Silly introductions aside, it was an interesting week in hoops. The conference races are heating up and most teams are finished playing in tournaments and are ready to grind through the high school version of March Madness.

Coach Cottrell’s BLOWOUT of the Week

Burton St. Thomas More Academy 68 Kimball Landmark Academy 10 (58 points)

Just an old fashion beat down on Kimball Landmark Academy. I couldn’t find the box score, but did find the box score for the girl’s game that followed it, and I’ll write about that instead. The girls of Burton St. Thomas More beat Kimball Landmark 47-20. Molly LeBlanc, Anne Mackowiak and Angelica Abbott each scored eight points in the win. LeBlanc stole seven balls and pulled down five rebounds as well. Mackowiak also stole a bunch of balls, finishing with eight steals.

Low Score of the Week

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 28 Centerline 26 (54 points)

This wasn’t exactly a barn burner with a score of 4-1 after the first quarter. At the break, it was 14-11. Centerline did not score more than nine points in any quarter.

High Score of the Week

Olivet 96 Schoolcraft 94 (2OT) (190 points)

It was a tough loss for Schoolcraft. They had their 32 game winning streak smashed in a very fluky fashion. In the second overtime, Schoolcraft hits a three point shot to tie the game. Then, Olivet moves down the floor and a Schoolcraft player tips the shot which goes in for the win. Schoolcraft’s Luke Ryskamp scored 50 points in the game, including two shots that forced the first and second overtime. He also pulled down 19 rebounds. Cam Schwartz scored 16 for Schoolcraft. On the winning side, Tanner McCarn scored 32 points. He was followed by Zach Fleming with 19 and Clinton Harris with 15. Click here for the thrilling last few minutes of the game. Also, note the basketball slammed on the floor after the shot is made.

Future Spartan of the Week

Branndais Agee – Wing – Detroit Cass Tech

This week we will examine the top player that has committed to Suzy Merchant and the women’s basketball team. After initially giving her verbal to Penn State, the #27 ranked player in the nation rescinded that verbal and decided to visit Michigan State to see “Midnight Madness.” That was what it took and she will be suiting up for the Lady Spartans next season. Agee stands six foot tall and will play the wing position, where she is ranked fifth at the position. This week, her Cass Tech team took on Detroit Southeastern. She scored 23 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and tossed 10 assists. Pretty good game for their first action since 12-30-11 if I do say so myself! Welcome to the Spartan Nation, Ms. Agee!