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March 12, 2014

Stoney girls run postseason to regional final, finish with 18-7 record

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Stoney girls run postseason to regional final, finish with 18-7 record
Emma Sobczynski drives the lane during last week’s regional final against Marian. The Cougars dropped the game to end the winter with a 18-7 final record.

Brad Crighton and his Rochester Hills Stoney Creek girls basketball team knew exactly what they were in for when they met Birmingham Marian in the March 6 Class A regional final.

And in the end, it was Crighton looking back at a season that had passed — one he said he and his team can take a lot of pride in.

“This was a very successful year for us,” Crighton said of his team. Stoney dropped the regional final 45-29. “To win 18 games is something you’d take any year. The kids battled every night. Making a regional final is a pretty good accomplishment.”

A slow start more or less doomed the Cougars in their final game.

Marian led 10-0 right off the bat, maintained the 10-point advantage through the first half, and led by 15 entering the fourth.

“They played well defensively,” Crighton said. “They prevented us from doing a lot of that we wanted to do.”

Stoney ends the season 18-7.

“The games we lost, we were in just about every one of them,” Crighton said. “Of our seven losses, we probably led in the fourth quarter in four of them.”

The challenge now is maintaining what’s been established.

Senior Lauren Voss and Natalie Voss are both four-year varsity players set to move on.

Senior Karlee Campbell, a three-year varsity vet, has also wrapped up her prep career.

Junior Maria Zandi, a three-year starter at the point, will anchor a retuning group that could include eight girls.

The junior varsity team also went undefeated this winter.

“We’ll have some good players coming up,” Crighton added. “We’re going to lose some experience, but we’ll have some talent here to work with.”

Dragons downed in quarters
In Division 1 hockey action, Lake Orion High had its season come to a close in a 5-3 loss to the University of Detroit Jesuit in a March 5 quarterfinal.

The Dragons finished the season 19-7-3 one year after winning just 11 games.

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