Late free throws help Regina girls hoops get past Lutheran North

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published January 29, 2019

 Warren Regina senior forward Lillian Kozak powers to the basket during a game earlier this season against Utica Eisenhower. Kozak scored nine points in Regina's 42-36 Jan. 29 win over Macomb Lutheran North.

Warren Regina senior forward Lillian Kozak powers to the basket during a game earlier this season against Utica Eisenhower. Kozak scored nine points in Regina's 42-36 Jan. 29 win over Macomb Lutheran North.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

 Macomb Lutheran North junior guard Tessa Briney tosses up a shot during a game earlier this season. Briney led the Mustangs with 11 points in a 42-36 Jan. 29 loss to Warren Regina.

Macomb Lutheran North junior guard Tessa Briney tosses up a shot during a game earlier this season. Briney led the Mustangs with 11 points in a 42-36 Jan. 29 loss to Warren Regina.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Three members of the Warren Regina basketball team combined to go four of six from the foul line over the last 1 minute, 17 seconds of game time to push the team to a 42-36 win over Macomb Lutheran North Jan. 29.

The Saddlelites with the win stopped a four-game skid. Regina now sits at 3-7, 2-5 Catholic High School League Central Division.

The Mustangs fall to 4-8, 1-5 CHSL Central.

Saddlelites senior forward Riley Bobowski split a pair of free throws to put her team up 39-35 with 1:17 to play. Regina senior wing Kathleen Novak, who led all scorers with 22 points, went 1 for 2 at the line to give the Saddlelites a 40-35 edge with 51.5 seconds remaining. Regina sophomore Bella Pine got her only two points of the game at the line with :44.2 left to put the Saddlelites up 42-35.

The 42 points scored is more than 12 points above Regina's season average.

"We've played good defense all year, but we've struggled scoring the ball," Saddlelites coach Diane Laffey said. "For us to score 42 points is good. Hopefully we can build off this because we'll need to score to have a chance to win some more games."

The starters did most of the damage for Regina, as Pine's two points represented the lone bench scoring for the team. Novak hit all five of the team's 3-pointers.

Eight players scored for Lutheran North, led by junior guard Tessa Briney, who chipped in with 11 points.

"We had a couple chances late to take the lead, but the shots just didn't fall," Mustangs coach Matt Knutson said.

Regina, which completed a season-sweep of Lutheran North, led for the majority of the contest. A 9-0 run put the Saddlelites up 16-8 after the first quarter, giving Regina the lead for good.

Regina's next game is against Farmington HIlls Mercy at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at home.

Lutheran North's next tip is with Bloomfield Hills Marian at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at home.