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 Grosse Pointe North’s Maddie Mills tries to drive by a Southfield A&T defender during a Division 1 regional final March 13 at A&T. Mills was one of seven seniors on the team.

Grosse Pointe North’s Maddie Mills tries to drive by a Southfield A&T defender during a Division 1 regional final March 13 at A&T. Mills was one of seven seniors on the team.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Grosse Pointe North girls basketball falls in regional final

By: Zachary Manning | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 19, 2019

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GROSSE POINTES –– In sports, there are moments in time when the opponent is just simply better.

That was the case as the Southfield A&T and Grosse Pointe North girls basketball teams squared off in a Division 1 regional final March 13 at A&T.

The Norsemen hung tight for the first quarter, but in the end, the Warriors were able to pull away, downing the Norsemen 67-36. North ended the season at 20-4 overall.

“I thought Southfield played a great game. I just felt that they were more athletic, more talented. Just had a better feel for the game. Quicker getting to spots and making cuts and decisions,” North coach Gary Bennett said. “I wish them all the luck in the world. They have a chance of doing some real damage in the tournament.”

Even with the loss, the Norsemen accomplished much this season.

North went undefeated in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division, won the MAC Red/White Tournament and claimed a district title, while knocking off rival Grosse Pointe South three times.

It may sting to lose the game, but only one team is ending its season with a win. With that in mind, Bennett was proud of the way his team fought and played throughout the season.

“For us to have as much success as we’ve had in the last couple years from a community team, who is just collectively willing to work hard together, I think it’s an awesome accomplishment what they’ve done,” Bennett said. “And they’ve done it the right way. I think people around school, the teachers, the administrators, kids in the school respect the kids on the girls basketball team, because they’re really, really, really solid, quality people. I’m really proud of them.”

Looking ahead to next season, the Norsemen have some major holes to fill. North will lose seven seniors, including three starters in Julia Ayrault, Maddie Mills and Evelyn Zacharias. Ayrault will be playing for Michigan State University next season.

North will have Christina Braker and Maddie Kohler returning. Both started the team’s final game of the season and will be expected to take on larger roles next season.

“Next year will be a real challenge to get kids to learn about the system, and it’ll be a challenge just to be patient with them and not expect too much right off the bat, because it’s going to be a real building process,” Bennett said. 

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