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Ypsilanti rebounded from what coach Steve Brooks called "absolutely the worst first half I have seen in five years," to find its offense and gain a win in an opening round game of the MDBCA Christmas Tournament.
With leading scorer freshman Corey Allen having an off night on offense, Ypsilanti found scoring from Janeau Joubert and Jaylen Johnson, who both scored 13.
"We were playing hard just not playing smart," Brooks said. "The freshman (Allen), currently our leading scorer. I think he hit a wall and missed a lot of shots. He has just got to look at the next play. Every one is required to guard, and he was still defending and guarding, so he stayed in the game."
Justin Bernard added nine points for Ypsilanti while Jacob Simmons added seven.
"We played good defense and if you play good defense you stay around and if you stay focused, you have a chance to win it at the end," Brooks said. "The urge not to loose takes over."
Terrance Byrd's 16 points led Denby (3-3).
Mychal Mulder led Windsor Catholic Central with 31 points, and Mel Calloo added 14.
Jason Houle scored 18 points, and Evan Fosha added 15 to lead Richard (2-4).
In the final minutes of the second quarter Catholic Central scored six points to finish the first half with a 41-31 lead.
“We played well in the first half, but poorly in the second,” Gabriel Richard coach Pete Schoch said. “We made poor decisions with the ball that I was not pleased with.
Grace Sauers led Chelsea with 19 points -- finishing 9 of 10 from the free-throw line -- as the Bulldogs improved to 4-3. Riley Singleton added 16 points and five blocks, and senior Bailey Darwin had seven points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Shannon Dingman led Pinckney with nine points, and Simone Smith scored six.
Chelsea struck early, outscoring Pinckney 12-2 in the first quarter.
"We shot the ball well tonight," Chelsea coach Todd Blomquist said. "Practice was cancelled yesterday due to snow, so we had a shootaround this morning.
"For the most part, we executed well and we were consistent defensively."
Grand Rapids West Catholic's Megan Harkema scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds, her third double-double in as many games.
Kora Dreffs scored 10 points, and Lindsay Rhodes scored eight for Richard (1-4).
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