Fordson girls basketball dominates Allen Park in season opener with PHOTO GALLERY – The News Herald



The 2021-22 women’s basketball season kicked off Tuesday for Allen Park and host Dearborn Fordson. It was the first of four non-league games for both teams this season.

Allen Park at the Fordson Girls Basketball Photo Gallery

In a dominant performance from start to finish, the Tractors clinched a 59-17 victory over the visiting Jaguars.

It was an encouraging sign offensively for Fordson, who has only collected once north of 50 points in 13 games played a season ago.

The Tractors in the first quarter only tied Allen Park’s tally, in a 35-point first-half performance that effectively sidelined the Jags at half-time.

For Allen Park, it was the fewest runs scored and the biggest margin of defeat on hardwood since suffering a 62-17 loss at the hands of Dearborn High in the district round of playoffs in 2020.

The score was difficult for the Jags to come by after the first quarter. After amassing nine points from four baskets in the first eight minutes, the team was limited to just eight points and three baskets – one in each frame – the rest of the game.

Fordson got 19 points each from Batoul Reda and Milan Berry, two of the team’s eight different scorers.

Fordson’s Milan Berry (21) heads for the basket, followed by Faith Peschke (3) from visiting Allen Park on Tuesday night. Host Tractors dominated his way to a 59-17 victory in what was the first game of the season for both teams. (Alex Muller – For MediaNews Group)

Reda, one of only two senior Tractors this season, scored 10 of his 19 points in the first quarter. She had limited minutes in the second quarter due to two quick faults and didn’t play at all in the fourth.

Meanwhile, Berry has scored 15 of his 19 points on five of the Tractors from the Afterlife’s six shots on the arc. She didn’t play in the fourth quarter with a good lead either.

Fordson also got six points from Sarrinah Ajami, four each from Dunia Saleh and Rokaya Ajami, a triple from Celina Bazzi and a bucket each from Reem Elhusseini and Jenna Abdallah.

Meanwhile, for Allen Park, Emily Dingman led the way with five runs, all coming in the first quarter. She and Emma Bateman totaled all nine visitor points during this opening period.

Allen Park’s Luci Granata (4) tries a shot during Tuesday’s game at Fordson. The Jaguars clashed with a powerful tractor team and lost 59-17. (Alex Muller – For MediaNews Group)

Elsewhere for the Jags, Alexis Crosslin had three points; Delaney Shiveley and Morgan Sizemore each scored two points; and Luci Granata was 1 in 4 from the free throw line.

Fordson finished 9 for 15 from the free throw line; Reda herself was 7-11 on the tape. Allen Park was 3 for 13 overall on the line.

Like many other winter sports in Michigan, women’s basketball is back to its original season start time after the campaign shortened by Covid last school year. What is normally a three-month marathon turned into a six-week sprint last winter, which began in February.


Allen Park (0-1) is expected to resume operations on Friday, December 3, when he visits Garden City for another non-league game at 6 p.m. The Jags’ home opener will be a Downriver League game on Monday, December 6. vs. Taylor High at 6 p.m.

Fordson (1-0) won’t return to action until Dec.6 when he travels to Riverview for an out-of-league battle at 7 p.m. The Tractors’ next home game is on Dec. 14 when they host crosstown rival Dearborn Edsel Ford in an out-of-league affair at 5:30 p.m.



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