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March 5, 2014

Mustangs able to enjoy district crown; Country Day wins 17th straight

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Mustangs able to enjoy district crown; Country Day wins 17th straight
Bailey Thomas and the Marian basketball team claimed a Class A district title by beating North Farmington 59-35 win Feb. 28 at home.

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.

Tradition continues
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.

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