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March 6, 2014

Country Day girls roll past Ferndale to claim 17th consecutive regional title

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Country Day's Brittany Washington scores a bucket in the regional semifinal Tuesday night. Country Day kept the playoffs rolling Thursday with a 74-41 victory against Ferndale High in a game played at Clawson.

CLAWSON — Frank Orlando said it never gets old.

The winning is great, but he was speaking of the feeling, the experience of seeing a new group of girls do what so many had done before them.

The Country Day girls basketball coach fought back tears Thursday night at Clawson, praising his current squad for maintaining a tradition that is now bordering on ridiculous.

With a 74-41 victory against Ferndale High, the Yellowjackets moved on in the Class B state tournament, claiming their 17th consecutive regional title.

“It never gets old because it’s different kids,” Orlando said after the win. “God bless them. They seem to be playing harder and harder.”

The same two teams met in last year’s regional final, and once again, it was Country Day flexing its muscle, and depth, at key times.

The Yellowjackets led 14-6 after the first quarter, but essentially put the game away with a 26-point second quarter, and a 40-17 halftime advantage.

“They had the bodies,” Ferndale coach Eric Lloyd said of Country Day’s depth and ability to call on its bench. “Country Day is a good team. Any mistake we made, they capitalized on.”

The Yellowjackets outscored Ferndale 17-9 in the third, as Orlando emptied his bench and 10 different players scored before the night was out.

“Defensively, they never let up,” he said of his girls. “They keep playing hard. That’s the difference with this team, they never quit.”

Freshman Destiny Pitts led Country Day with 18 points, while Jordan Wright scored 12.

Asia Doss added nine points, while Kristina Grace and Mariah Jackson had seven, each.

The Yellowjackets (23-1) face Flint Powers Catholic (22-1) Tuesday in a 7:30 p.m. quarterfinal at Imlay City.

Flint Powers beat Country Day 50-30 in last year’s quarterfinal.

Amber Williams led Ferndale (15-7) with 21 points in the loss.

Micaela Ellis added 11.

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