Marian basketball team reclaims top spot in Catholic League
DETROIT — For three years, Catholic League girls basketball teams looked up at Bloomfield Hills Marian when it came to the postseason.
And then, for two years, the Mustangs fell short.
“We were overdue,” coach Mary Cicerone said with a laugh following a Feb. 17 victory against Dearborn Divine Child in the AB Division championship game at Calihan Hall. “It’s about time we got back up here.”
Cicerone was all smiles as she boasted about her team and its win against the defending league champs.
“This is what you play for,” she said of the 57-44 win. “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 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.
The 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. Her girls beat DC (13-6) for the second time in three tries this year. “It’s felt like an eternity.”