Pontiac Notre Dame Prep's Bridget Hauck elevates towards the basket March 13 in a Division 2 regional final game against Goodrich High. The Irish lost to the Martians 50-47.

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep's Bridget Hauck elevates towards the basket March 13 in a Division 2 regional final game against Goodrich High. The Irish lost to the Martians 50-47.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


Late 3-pointer lifts Goodrich over Notre Dame Prep in D-2 regional final

By: Jacob Herbert | Rochester Post | Published March 13, 2019

 Notre Dame Prep sophomore Elena Schwegma takes a shot in a regional final game at Detroit Country Day. Schwegma led the Irish in scoring with 14 points.

Notre Dame Prep sophomore Elena Schwegma takes a shot in a regional final game at Detroit Country Day. Schwegma led the Irish in scoring with 14 points.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

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BEVERLY HILLS — In the closing minutes of the fourth quarter in a Division 2 girls basketball regional final game, it seemed as if everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

After leading for the majority of the game, the Irish fell to Goodrich High 50-47 March 13 at Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day.

“First, you’ve got to give them credit,” Irish coach Tom Kocik said. “They stepped it up and played a heck of a game. Did we miss some things, yeah we did. But at the end of the day, they executed at the end there and we didn’t.”

With just under four minutes to play in the game, Prep junior Malorie Wilson had to take a seat on the bench with four fouls. The loss of Wilson was detrimental to the Irish as they lost a pivotal force in the paint.

“That was tough because Malorie provides the presence down low,” Kocik said. “With her out of there it changes our dynamic a little bit.”

Wilson finished the game with 10 points.

Turnovers on inbound plays and missing the front end of a 1-and-1 also hurt Prep’s chance to claim a regional final. The Irish managed a total of 6 points in the final quarter.

But what proved to be the most costly mistake came with 10.5 seconds to go. Goodrich junior Maddie Voelker had a chance to tie the game up from the free-throw line. After both free throws were missed, a rebound squirted out to Voelker, who stepped back behind the arc and hit a 3-pointer to give the Martians a 48-47.

Voelker, who scored 28 of her team’s 50 points, hit two more free throws to sink the Irish.

“I think they were a little bit nervous,” Kocik said. “But part of it was, we were trying to force them to foul. We were trying to get into a position to get to the line, and short of 10 seconds that worked.”

Elena Schwegma led the Irish in scoring with 14 points. The sophomore was followed by Wilson and Bridget Hauck who both had 10. Sarah Stuart and Kaitlyn Jansen chipped in with 6 and 5, respectively.

The Irish ended the season on quite the run in the playoffs, beating back-to-back defending state champion Country Day 71-59 March 8 to win a district title. Prep also took down Catholic High School League C-D division runner-up Wixom St. Catherine along with a Croswell-Lexington High team who were undefeated in the Blue Water Area Conference.

“The system that we interjected is almost like a read and react, and they weren’t used to that.” Kocik said about what sparked his team to go on such a run. “All of a sudden they began to understand and see things. It was trusting each other that others would be there and beginning to play as a team.”

The Irish finish the season at 12-13 overall.

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