DETROIT — After a two-year hiatus, the Bloomfield Hills Marian basketball team is back on top in the Catholic League.
The Mustangs reclaimed the top spot with a 57-44 victory against Dearborn Divine Child Sunday afternoon in the AB Championship game at Calihan Hall.
“This is what you play for,” coach Mary Cicerone said afterward. “This is like a mini state title, something you work for every year in this league. It’s pretty special.”
The teams traded jabs all afternoon, with DC leading 13-12 after the first quarter, only to see Marian take a 30-20 lead by halftime.
The Falcons — last year’s AB champ — weren’t going away quietly, however, and began the second half on a 10-0 run, evening the game at 30-30 midway through the third quarter.
“That’s how it goes,” Cicerone said of the back and forth. “We came out a little flat. Once we got our composure and turned up the defensive intensity, we were able to hang on.”
The Mustangs outscored DC 27-14 in the final quarter and a half.
Junior Laura Bruton led Marian (17-2) with 15 points. Sophomore Brittany Gray and freshman Bailey Thomas scored eight each.
Sophomore Riley Blair scored 15 to lead DC (13-6), while senior Blair Myler scored 11 and junior Nicole Urbanick added 10.
The Catholic title was the 13th in program history for Marian and the first since winning three straight from 2008-2010.
“It’s been way too long,” Cicerone said with a smile. “It’s felt like an enternity.”
November 16, 2015
Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day
Thanks to two early scores, some lock-down defense, and a touchdown with just 5:25 remaining in regulation, the Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day football team picked up a 20-13 victory against Milan High in a Division 4 regional final on Nov. 14 and earned this week’s Team of the Week honor. Country Day, which had outscored its opponents 78-7 in the district round, advanced to the state semifinals for the second year in a row. The Yellowjackets (11-1) face Flint Powers Catholic (10-2) at 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at West Bloomfield High.