Rochester Adams #12 Amber Jamison looks to pass while guarded by Bloomfield Hills #15 Emma Hill during their game at Bloomfield High School, Friday December 20, 2013. Adams went on to win the game 54-51. (Vaughn Gurganian-The Oakland Press)
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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Rochester Adams hangs on against Bloomfield Hills WITH TOUT VIDEOS
Rochester Adams #11 Jenny Rosonke shoots over Bloomfield Hills #15 Emma Hill and #11 Shannon Wilson during their game at Bloomfield High School, Friday December 20, 2013. Adams went on to win the game 54-51. (Vaughn Gurganian-The Oakland Press)
Bloomfield Hills #11 Shannon Wilson dishes off a pass while guarded by Rochester Adams #12 Amber Jamison during their game at Bloomfield High School, Friday December 20, 2013. Adams went on to win the game 54-51. (Vaughn Gurganian-The Oakland Press)
Bloomfield Hills #34 Shailynn Brown and Rochester Adams #12 Amber Jamison battle for control of a rebound during their game at Bloomfield High School, Friday December 20, 2013. Adams went on to win the game 54-51. (Vaughn Gurganian-The Oakland Press)
BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Heading into this season, it was a forgone conclusion that Rochester Adams was going to be one of the top interior teams in the area because of the size advantage it would have on most nights.
And even playing in one of their first true tests of this season, the Highlanders’ size once again came up in a big way on Friday night.
Behind double-doubles from Raiven Owusu (23 points, 12 rebounds), Amber Jamison (11 points, 13 rebounds) and Olivia Argeros (12 points, 10 rebounds), Adams jumped out to an early lead and then held off a late push from Bloomfield Hills to pick up a 54-51 win.
Adams head coach Fran Scislowicz said that after his team led by as many as 15 early on in the second quarter, he knew Bloomfield Hills was going to respond with a run to get back in the game, but credited his team for rising to the occasion late in Friday’s game.
“It’s one of those coaching nightmares,” he said. “You jump out against a really good team and you just know that they’re going to make a run and how many runs to they have and how resilient are you going to be. “We know they (Bloomfield Hills) can shoot the three and if they connect and start killing the 3-pointers like they did, they were right back in the game, but at no point did we totally crack and give it away. We came close a couple of times, but our resiliency got us through.”
After turning a one point lead early in the fourth quarter into an eight point advantage after a 9-2 run behind four straight points from Jenny Rosonke and a steal and a layup from Amber Jamison to give Adams a 52-44 past the midway point of the fourth quarter, Bloomfield Hills turned to its pressure defense to cut the lead back down inside five.
A steal by Katherine Prina, which turned into a quick basket for Emma Hill cut the deficit down to 52-46 and then after a free throw, a lay-in and a pair of free throws from Shannon Wilson cut the Adams lead down to 52-51 with just 17 seconds left to play, but the Highlanders knocked down two late free throws helped seal the win.
“I think this definitely helps set the tone for the rest of the year,” said Owusu of her team’s narrow win, who drained one of the final two free throws of the game for the Highlanders. “We all came out here and played our hearts out and I think that will just help us go up from here on out.”
Bloomfield Hills head coach Jeff Rubin said that his team’s pressure defense helped force turnovers, which led to some baskets late in the game, but added he would have liked to see his team finish those opportunities a little better in the fourth quarter.
“We were able to force a couple of turnovers and I think Adams got a little bit complacent and looked to get the ball to Amber and Raiven,” he said. “We were able to take advantage of that and trap them and put a little bit of pressure on them, but we didn’t capitalize enough off of those turnovers and in the second half I thought we did a better job of putting ourselves in the bonus and getting to the foul line, but we missed five foul shots in the fourth quarter and we didn’t finish the game as cleanly as we should have.”
Wilson finished with 23 points to help lead Bloomfield Hills, while Hill chipped in with 12 more for the Black Hawks and Alex Jackson added in seven.
Facing an eight point deficit coming out of halftime, Bloomfield Hills wasted little time putting the pressure on Adams as the Black Hawks opened up the second half on a 13-3 run to take their first lead of the game, 31-28 after a 3-pointer from Hill.
But on the following possession for Adams, Owusu gave the Highlanders the lead right back with a 3-pointer of her own and then late in the third quarter, Hill knocked down her second 3-pointer of the game to tie it at 36-36 with 1:23 left, but Owusu once again had an answer nine seconds later with her second triple to help send Adams to the fourth quarter with a three point lead.
Owusu said that for her and her teammates, bouncing back in the third and fourth quarters had a lot to do with refocusing on what they needed to take care of as well as limiting the outside shooting from Bloomfield Hills, which made six 3-pointers on the night.
“You could see that we were kind of losing focus,” she said. “We just realized that we had to regain our focus and stop their 3-point (shooters) from scoring.”