Port Huron Northern girls hoops downs Sterling Heights High in regional final
March 6, 2014
UTICA HIGH — The Port Huron Northern girls basketball team was able to beat a Sterling Heights High press that had stymied opponents all season to the tune of a 62-51 to win a Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A regional championship.
The regional title is the first for the Huskies (19-6), who advance to take on Bloomfield Hills Marian in a Class A state quarterfinal at 7 p.m. March 11 at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.
The regional final took place March 6 at Utica High.
"We've been pressed all year," Port Huron Northern coach Mark Dickinson said. "We've played teams like Grosse Pointe South, Detroit Country Day and Flint Powers that also pressed. We've been preparing for this all year. We have pretty good ballhandlers. When we had good spacing. We were able to find the open person and get what we wanted."
Port Huron Northern used quick passes all game long to break the Stallions' press. The Huskies led 18-9 after the first quarter and led by as many as 16 points. Port Huron Northern sophomore Kiana Votava led the Huskies with 18 points off the bench. Twelve of those points came in the third quarter.
"I don't know, I just blocked everything out and just did my own thing," said Votava.
The loss was the first in 18 games for Sterling Heights, which was seeking the program's first regional title. Senior forward Julianna Trombley led the Stallions with 17 points. Junior forward Sade Lemons netted 16 for Sterling Heights (21-4) in the loss.
"We gave them a few easy ones. I thought we were a little slow with some of our movements," Sterling Heights High coach Rick Repicky said. "But give them credit. They're as good as anybody we've played all year. They made quick passes, spaced themselves properly and finished. They didn't give us the turnovers consecutively to allow us to get going."