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March 12, 2014

Bishop Foley closes winter in regional semifinal after league and district titles

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Bishop Foley closes winter in regional semifinal after league and district titles
Foley’s Juliana Aiuto looks to move the ball against Liggett in a Class C regional semifinal. The Ventures dropped the game, and ended their season 15-9.

MADISON HEIGHTS — In the end, all he could do was tip his hat.

The effort, the desire, the will to win was all there. But as Dave Joseph explained, sometimes you just run into a better team.

That time arrived for the Madison Heights Bishop Foley girls basketball squad last week in a Class C regional semifinal against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.

A 19-4 run started the game in favor of the Knights, and from there, Joseph and his Ventures were simply overmatched.

“They are a very good team, on offense and defense,” Joseph said of Liggett. “They can shoot. They can block your shots. They get out in transition. They really do it all. It was a little too much for us.”

“Sometimes, you have to look at it and accept the other team is a little bit better than you,” Joseph added. “I would have been disappointed if they didn’t play hard or didn’t put forth the effort, but our girls gave it everything they had.”

All year, in fact.

Foley closed the season with a 15-9 overall record.

The Ventures won the Catholic League C-D Division title before the state playoffs began and then gutted out their fourth consecutive district title a week later.

“This year was awesome,” Joseph said. “To go through the Catholic League and battle how we did just to make the playoffs and then come out as champs was outstanding. Then we had to bounce right back and get ready for a tough district.”

The district title for Foley was the seventh for the program in the past nine years.

“This team kept the tradition going here,” Joseph added. “We have seniors who won four district titles. We spoke about that with the younger players, who got to see what that meant. … We have the pieces here to keep this going. Looking at the Liggett game, our top-three scorers were juniors. They got to experience the league finals, the district title. They know what they want to accomplish in the future, and that’s how you build a program.”

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