Mustangs able to enjoy district crown; Country Day wins 17th straight
By Mike Moore
Posted March 5, 2014
BIRMINGHAM — From the first game onward, the expectations have been there.
Since initial season goals were set, a run to the state finals was one of the main objectives.
Yet here, on a Friday night at home, was the chance to exhale and, for a few minutes anyway, a chance to enjoy the journey.
Moments after their Class A district title was complete, girls on the Birmingham Marian basketball team gathered around the trophy. The smiles were contagious; the relief was palpable.
And then it was on to the next step.
With the 59-35 win Feb. 28 at home against North Farmington, the Mustangs earned a spot in the March 4 regional semifinal against Southfield-Lathrup in a game played after press time.
But first things had to come first.
“That was a pretty good game for our girls,” coach Mary Cicerone said. “They played well tonight.”
Marian wasted little time taking control, jumping out to a 21-5 lead after the first quarter.
Marian built a 38-16 lead by halftime, led 57-22 going into the fourth and then eased off the gas in the final eight minutes, scoring two points.
Kara Holinski came out firing for the Mustangs, connecting on a number of early 3-pointers. She finished with a game-high 22 points despite not playing much in the second half.
Brittany Gray added 13 points, while Samantha Thomas scored seven for the Mustangs, who improved to 20-2 and captured their third straight district title.
“These girls set a goal to be in a state final,” Cicerone added. “You can’t do that without winning a district first. … This was a good night for us.”
The regional final, which will include Rochester Hills Stoney Creek or Waterford Kettering, is set for March 6 at Lake Orion. A time was not available.
In Class B district action, the girls at Country Day did what they always do.
With a 49-33 victory against Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, the Yellowjackets claimed their 17th consecutive district crown.
Country Day (18-1) advanced to the Clawson High regional and faced Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy after press time.
The final, set for 6:30 p.m. March 6 at Clawson, will feature Ferndale High or Detroit Collegiate Prep.
About the author
Sports Writer Mike Moore covers a variety of sports in Oakland County and the Detroit Catholic League. Mike joined C & G Newspapers in 2006 shortly after graduating from Albion College where he played football. He attended Dearborn Divine Child where he met his wife Jennifer. They have four sons together and reside in Dearborn.
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