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 Warren Mott’s Abbey Sitek pulls down a rebound in a Dec. 4 game against Sterling Heights High. The Marauders are chasing the program’s first division title  in a decade.

Warren Mott’s Abbey Sitek pulls down a rebound in a Dec. 4 game against Sterling Heights High. The Marauders are chasing the program’s first division title in a decade.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Mott girls hoops shooting for the top of the MAC Silver

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published January 10, 2020

 Warren Mott’s Devita Brown makes a pass in a Dec. 4 game against Sterling Heights High. The Marauders’ next game is against Clawson High at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at home.

Warren Mott’s Devita Brown makes a pass in a Dec. 4 game against Sterling Heights High. The Marauders’ next game is against Clawson High at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at home.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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WARREN — The Warren Mott girls basketball team has been showing its prowess in the 36-team Macomb Area Conference.

Coach Patrick Schmidt said the squad’s performance on that end of the floor — seventh best in the whole conference — is a big reason why the team has its sights set on the MAC Silver Division championship.

The team, allowing 30.7 points per game through Jan. 9, last won a division title in 2010 when it won the second of back-to-back MAC Bronze titles.

“Our team this year has bought into our defensive philosophies, and we have quite a few returning players who have gained experience,” said Schmidt, whose team sat at 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the MAC Silver at press time. “We have to stay healthy and continue to play team defense, while being able to score on a consistent basis.”

The Marauders on offense average 34.6 points per game, putting the team 24th in the MAC. Schmidt believes that the offense can catch up to the defense. The team has battled some injuries and illnesses, which at times has hurt continuity on the offensive end.

The Marauders, though, have had players step up and fill gaps.

Leading the way is a quartet of upperclassmen: senior Abbey Sitek, and juniors Bridget Bogden, Devita Brown and Ashley Younis.

That group will be key if the team is to end its division title drought. Roseville High enters league play as defending MAC Silver champions, but the Panthers have struggled, starting the season 0-6 and 0-2 in the division.

“All the teams in the MAC Silver will be competitive this year,” Schmidt said. “We’ll have to play 32 minutes of Marauder basketball each time we step on the court.”

Mott’s next game is against Clawson High at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at home.

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