Detroit Edison beats East Grand Rapids in battle of Michigan state powers
East Grand Rapids girls basketball coach Troy Hammond pointed out that Detroit Edison is the nation’s twelfth team, according to ESPN.
“I think it’ll work,” said Hammond after Edison beat the AGR 64-43 at home on Saturday afternoon. “This is a really talented group and a well-trained team.”
Edison, 10-0 overall, has won three consecutive state championships, is number 1 in Division 2 and has won 58 straight games dating back to 2018.
Saturday’s game consisted of two high-ranking teams as EGR ranks second in Division 2. In addition, two Miss Basketball candidates for the EGR and future Big Ten opponents Jillian Brown and Edison’s Damiya Hagmann were offered, and the two disappoint.
Brown, who has signed with Northwestern, led all scorers with 26 points, including six 3-point points. Brown had four 3s and 15 points in the first quarter. Michigan’s Hagmann finished the race with 18 points while teammates Ruby Whitehorn added 20 and Madisen Wardell added 10 points.
But EGR was understaffed with two starters missing – Macy Brown and Lizzie Lundeen were out. Macy Brown offerings include Michigan, Central Michigan, and Loyola of Chicago.
“I understand they were one of their best players and the score is deceiving because of that unfortunate circumstance,” said Edison coach Monique Brown. “They came out with a 1-3-1 and we haven’t had a zone in a while. That changed the pace of our work and they got some transition 3s from us. As soon as we could correct that, we could settle in. Our defenses became a small part of our offensive. “
EGR, 11-2, led 19-18 after the first quarter, but Edison began to take over in the second and took a 41-28 half-time lead. Edison held the AGR for three field goals in the second quarter, while the newcomer Na’Kiya Bonner scored three 3-point hits in the second quarter.
“We had a few starters, but our kids did everything we asked them to,” said Hammond. “It was 33-28 with two minutes in the first half. There were some bad breaks and they had an 8-0 run just before the half. That was an important stretch for us as we went from a five-point game to a 13-point game (at halftime).
“Our children fought for 32 minutes, so I’m very proud of our group for what they gave. You were really on the defensive. We came with everything to give them hell, but we didn’t get to the better team. “
Brown said Detroit’s main goal is to help their squad better prepare for the state tournament, and what could be nicer than playing the best in the state.
“That’s always our goal,” said Brown. “We want to play against the toughest teams and in different environments. So when we get to the tournament we can say, ‘Oh, we saw that. We have been here before. ‘”