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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: 1,000-point scorer Ashley Henderson leads GR past Trenton (PHOTO)
Gabriel Richard's Ashley Henderson recently scored her 1,000th career point. Joining her in celebrating the event are her sister Lauren Henderson, mother Kathy Henderson, cousin David, father Bill Henderson, brother Robbie Henderson, sister Kelly Henderson, brother Jake Henderson and grandmother Sylvia Pollack.
The Trojans stayed even in the first quarter and were only down 10-9 after eight minutes, but were no match for Richard’s Ashley Henderson, who finished the night with 32 points.
The Pioneers were coming off a tough loss in the CHSL championship game and Coach William Jones was pleased to see his team get back to their normal play.
“We started to revisit the ‘winning ways’ and do the things that we do that had escaped us just four days prior,” Jones said. “It was great to see them kind of come back into that mold and that mentality.”
The game was Richard’s senior night and for the first time all season all five seniors started together and played the whole first quarter.
Henderson came out strong in the middle quarters, scoring 23 of her points, and the Pioneers led 49-26 after three quarters.
With her 32 points, Henderson set the 1,000 point record for her career and was awarded a certificate from the school.
Coach Jones called the task a tremendous accomplishment for his star athlete and said Henderson was not chasing the statistical goal, but instead cared about the performance of her team as a whole.
“It’s a tremendous accomplishment for her,” Jones said. “But she couldn’t have done it without the rest of these girls. For a bit more team success here or there, she may have traded those accomplishments out.
“We’re hoping to have seven more games to go and we know she’s going to be a part of it.”
Overall, Jones was pleased with his team’s win and said it was nice to have an opponent like Trenton come in to refocus their attention.
While the game had no factor in league standings, each team used it as a chance to help prepare themselves for districts.
The Pioneers saw a balanced scoring from eight players during the game, which made Jones happy.
The Trojans were led by Paige Machnacki with her 20 points and seven rebounds.
Stephanie Galzcyk finished the night with six points.
Shelby Koehlr (four points) and Kailyee (five points) did a nice job coming off the bench, and had all around good games.
“We were just working on getting ourselves better more than anything,” Trenton Coach Rob Sauter said.
The Trojans took on Grosse Ile for the second time in less than a week Monday night and knew the Red Devils would come looking for revenge.
“We just know they’ll come out harder than they did the first time,” Sauter said. “They have a very good all around team. Their guards shoot the ball well (but) they did not shoot the ball well against us. They were just off.
“We know we’re gonna have to be a lot better than we were the first time.”
The Trojans finished their season 12-8 overall and third place in the Downriver League.
Last Updated: 2/26/2013 2:14:17 PM EST