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Sorgi scores 12 as Falcons win 14th in a row

Ford’s winning streak produced a league championship.

Nikki Sorgi scored 12 points to lead three Falcon seniors in double figures as Ford clinched the MAC White Division girls basketball title with its 14th consecutive victory, 48-40 over host Eisenhower on Tuesday.

Meagan VerVaecke had 11 points and Julia Cianferra 10 as the Falcons improved to 9-0 in the White and won their first league championship since Ford shared the Red Division crown with Grosse Pointe North in the fall season of 2002.

“We’re all so happy to do this,” Cianferra said. “There are so many seniors on our team. It’s great to end up on top.

“We’re so good together. Everyone loves each other. We’ve been close from freshman year on.”

Ford, 14-1 overall, lost its season opener at Romeo and has won every game since. The winning streak included two victories over White rival Eisenhower, which also is one of the Falcons’ bigger rivals.

“We’ve never had any problems on our team – ever,” Cianferra said. “Every team has little bumps, but we all have good times at practice. No one is selfish on our team. We’re all doing everything we’re supposed to. It’s been working out for us.

“Last year we came here to Ike and lost. We wanted to prove to everyone that we can win on the road, at their house.”

Malynn Kosnik scored 11 points and Lauren DeBeau and Alexus Smith 10 apiece for the Eagles (6-3, 11-4).

The Eagles trailed by double digits for most of the second half, but rallied to within four with about two minutes left.

“We played in spurts,” Eisenhower coach Mike Satawa said. “We jumped out to a good lead, and we’ve done that before – we did that when we played at their place.

“I thought we had a real bad second quarter. That gave them a lot of momentum. And the first three minutes of the third quarter weren’t real good, either. Then all of a sudden that light clicked on and we started playing hard, started doing things.”

Eisenhower could not get closer than four down the stretch, even though the Falcons had trouble converting free throws and finished the game five of 13 from the line.

“We got three shots from two or three feet away and they didn’t fall,” Satawa said. “We’ve got to be more consistent.”

Sorgi’s basket with 1:50 to play put Ford ahead 46-40.

VerVaecke sank a pair of free throws with four seconds to go for the final margin.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” Ford coach Matt Joseph said. “I’m happy for them. They put in a lot of time, and I’m glad to see them get rewarded. When you work hard together and you get to celebrate like this, it makes it fun.”

“It’s a special team, there’s no doubt about it. I could sense it after we beat Utica on Friday. They didn’t want to share the title.”

Ford, playing its first season in the White after several in the Red, will try to complete a 10-0 division season when it plays Stevenson on Thursday.

Eisenhower plays Utica on Thursday with positioning for the MAC Red/White tournament on the line.

Last Updated: 1/31/2017 9:57:59 PM EST