ANN ARBOR – Ann Arbor-area basketball teams were off and running Tuesday night with mix results for teams.
The long-awaited return to the court ended with a successful outing for some and a more difficult finish for others.
Check out the roundup story below to see how teams fared in their opening game Tuesday.
Arbor Prep moves to 2-0 with win over Westfield Prep
The outcome was the same but it wasn’t easy for Ypsilanti Arbor Prep’s girls basketball team Tuesday.
The Gators opened the year with a dominating win on Monday, but Redford Westfield Prep put up more of a fight and made Arbor Prep work for a 75-64 win.
Standout junior guard Mya Petticord paced the Gators with 20 points and added six rebounds and four assists to lead the way.
In addition, senior forward Kaiden Glenn recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds and freshman Stephanie Utomi made her presence felt with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Arbor Prep will face another tough challenge when it hosts Grass Lake at 6 p.m. Friday.
Dexter girls fall in opener to Farmington Hills Mercy
Dexter’s offense struggled to find enough baskets to keep up with Farmington Hills Mercy Tuesday.
Mercy outscored the Dreadnaughts 18-2 in the third quarter and pulled away for a 46-25 win.
Kylee Niswonger led Dexter with 10 points and Alayna Babut chipped in with 5 points.
Dexter will look to regroup when it hosts Pinckney on Thursday.
Father Gabriel Richard girls start season on high note
Two big runs were the key for Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard’s girls basketball team in their season-opening win over Pinckney.
The Fighting Irish opened the game with a 10-2 run and closed the game on a 21-5 run to secure a 45-31 victory.
FGR led 10-3 after the first quarter but the Pirates battled back to cut the deficit to 18-17 heading into halftime.
After entering the fourth quarter ahead 30-26, FGR outscored Pinckney 15-5 in the final period to being the year on a high note.
Three FGR players scored in double figures with Rileigh Garbarz leading the way with 16 points. Lainey Garbarz added 13 points and Savannah Wing pitched in with 11 points.
The Fighting Irish will next host Olivet on Thursday.
Saline girls get back to business with 30-point win over Monroe
Ella Stemmer scored 31 points to help lead Saline to a 66-27 win over Monroe on Tuesday night.
Read more about Saline’s win by clicking here.
Warren De La Salle makes Dexter pay for mistakes
Dexter’s boys basketball team didn’t do itself any favors on Tuesday and Warren De La Salle made sure to make the Dreadnaughts pay for their miscues.
De La Salle scored 24 points off of 17 Dexter turnovers en route to a 56-18 win to open the season.
The Dreadnaughts struggled to find any offense as they scored five or less points in each quarter as the Pilots built a lead 21-10 at halftime.
De La Salle proceeded to outscore Dexter 35-8 in the second half in a game that meant more to Dexter than usual, despite the result.
“17 turnovers and giving up 24 points off of them really hurt us,” said Dexter coach Jason Rushton. “Other than that, our defensive effort was there…We’re glad to be back in action despite the outcome tonight. We’re thankful for the opportunity to be together and play a great game.”
Colin Parachek led Dexter with 7 points and 6 rebounds, and DLS was paced by Caleb Reese, who led all scorers with 10 points.
The Dreadnaughts will look to get back on track Thursday at Pinckney.