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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Avondale dismantled at Roundball Classic by Class B power Goodrich

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Basketball - Girls - 12/29/2011 

Auburn Hills Avondale 24
Goodrich 61
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BEVERLY HILLS — Some lessons are more painful than others.

The painful ones tend to stick with you, though.

Auburn Hills Avondale got one of those memorable lessons in Thursday’s game in the 17th Annual Roundball Classic, handed a lopsided, 61-24 loss at the hands of one of last year’s Class B semifinalists, Goodrich.

“As a coach, I’ve always felt like you need to get beaten badly at some point along the line,” said Avondale coach Dave Muczynski of the motivational benefits of a good, old fashioned trip to the woodshed. “In the locker room, a lot of the girls were saying that they’d never been beaten this badly.”

They shouldn’t feel alone.

Goodrich, which finished last season 24-2 and returned four college-bound athletes in its starting five, had just two games — both of its losses — with a margin of victory under 12 points last year. Outside of a three-point win a few weeks ago against last year’s Class C runner-up Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, the Martians have now won their other five games of this season by an average score of 64-26.

Thursday’s contest was over early, too, as the Yellow Jackets (3-2) scored the game’s first bucket, but the Martians (6-0) recorded the next nine, blowing out to a 23-2 lead before Avondale could blink.

Avondale would register just two points in the first and fourth quarters combined, outscored by a 29-2 margin in the two frames.

Belmont-bound Frankie Joubran led all scorers with 19 points, while Grand Blanc transfer Destiny Stephens — a University of Detroit-Mercy commit — had 10. While Stephens had a pair of 3-pointers in Goodrich’s first-quarter surge — the Martians had five as a team in the first quarter to lead 21-2 — Joubran had five third-quarter buckets inside, once the Yellow Jackets switched to a zone.

While Goodrich was firing on all cylinders, Avondale was firing on none, the rust of just one practice over the holiday break evident in its play. Sabrina Douglass led all Avondale scorers with just seven points.

While the second half afforded Muczynski an opportunity to get a look at some of his second-unit players, the loss as a whole afforded him the chance to dangle a motivational carrot in front of the Yellow Jackets.

“A few of the girls were already saying that they understood that maybe we need to work harder,” the coach said.

It was just this kind of lopsided loss — on the same campus, to the host, Country Day — that got Avondale primed for the postseason a year ago. Outside of that 15-point loss, the Yellow Jackets lost just two other times, by a combined 11 points to Waterford Kettering in the opener and to eventual Class A runner-up Detroit Renaissance in the regional finals.

Matthew B. Mowery covers girls basketball for The Oakland Press. Email him at and follow all the prep action on Twitter @MIPrepZone.


AVONDALE — Hannah Little 1 2-4 4; Quinnece Garrison 1 0-1 2; Lorreal Farris 2 0-0 4; Sabrina Douglas 2 (1) 0-0 7; Carolyn Gracey 2 1-2 5; Daja Whiteside 1 0-2 2; Totals 9 (1) 3-9 24.

GOODRICH — KeKe Sevillian 1 0-0 2; Morgan Eddy 1 2-2 4; Taylor Gleason 4 0-0 8; Frankie Joubran 8 (1) 0-0 19; Destiny Stephens 1 (2) 2-2 10; Tania Davis 2 (1) 0-0 7; Kaylee Gryzwacz (1) 0-0 3; Kelly Belanger 1 0-0 2; Madison Hart 2 2-2 6; Kacy Norgard 0 0-2 0; Totals 20 (5) 6-8 61.


AHA 2-10-12-0 — 24

GOOD 21-16-16-8 — 61

RECORDS: Avondale 3-2; Goodrich 6-0.

Last Updated: 12/29/2011 7:53:19 PM EST

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