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 Bloomfield Hills Marian’s girls basketball season ended March 11 with a 60-48 loss to Grosse Pointe North in a Division 1 regional semifinal. Pictured, Marian junior Lauren Licari dodges a Dearborn Divine Child defender before going up for a shot in the Catholic League AB Division tournament  final earlier  this season.

Bloomfield Hills Marian’s girls basketball season ended March 11 with a 60-48 loss to Grosse Pointe North in a Division 1 regional semifinal. Pictured, Marian junior Lauren Licari dodges a Dearborn Divine Child defender before going up for a shot in the Catholic League AB Division tournament final earlier this season.

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Marian hoops knocked out in regional final

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 18, 2019

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Sometimes, it’s just not a team’s night. No matter how impeccable the game plan is or how prepared the players are, sometimes a team can run into an opponent or a player at the wrong time.

For Bloomfield Hills Marian, that team was Grosse Pointe North and that player was Julia Ayrault. The Michigan State commit dropped 30 points in a 60-48 win March 11 in a Division 1 regional semifinal on the campus of Southfield A&T.

“It wasn’t in the cards for us tonight,” Mustangs coach Mary Cicerone said. “My bigs, we got them the ball and they tried their best. We probably missed six easy ones in the first quarter. We did what we were supposed to do, but you’ve got to shoot the ball well to win.”

The Mustangs did not go down without a fight. The Norsemen lead grew to as much as 20 before Marian cut it to seven with 1:48 to play in the game. North would go on to hit some late free throws to seal the win.

“I’m very proud that we gave them a game in the second half; it didn’t look like it at the beginning of the third,” Cicerone said. “We got our act together and gave them a little scare. Not enough though.”

Senior guard Olivia Moore led Marian in scoring with 11 points. Fellow senior Megan Kraus had 8. They are the only two seniors on Marian’s roster.

Both players’ durability left a lasting impression on their coach.

“My seniors, they work so hard,” Cicerone said. “Like Olivia, she never missed one practice. Now, was she a little silly sometimes? Yes. Missed not one practice in four years. Megan didn’t miss one in two years.”

Marian finished the season at 21-2 overall and 10-0 in the Catholic High School League. The Mustangs won the Catholic League AB Division tournament and helped their veteran coach claim her 31st district title.

Marian’s only two losses this season came to teams that were ranked in the state: a six-point loss to Detroit Edison Public School Academy and the 12-point regional semifinal.

Cicerone called the season “not that bad.”

“We did some nice things this year,” the coach said. “We had a few down games, but when we played Edison, we played so well. That’s a basketball team; all five of them can handle the ball and shoot. We gave them a game. That’s fun, playing the best and getting after it. This was a great group. They got along. That was a fun year. It’s always fun to win, and we did a lot of that.”

Marian can expect to still be firing on all cylinders next season. With the loss of just two seniors, it will return a similar roster that includes rising freshmen Sarah Sylvester, Grace Rotter and Anna Herberholz. Starting point guard Sophia Mancini will return as a senior along with Lauren Licari. Sophomore Shannon Kennedy also returns with another year of experience under her belt.

“I think our program is still going to be clicking,” Cicerone said.

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