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Ford defeats Grosse Pointe North in Red/White tournament opener PHOTO GALLERY

  • Utica Ford's Emily Karas looks to make a pass from underneath the basket as Norsemen forward Julia Ayrault and guard Michelle Bodnariuk (12) apply pressure. (Photo by Bill Roose)
  • Ford senior center Prencice Smith goes up for a shot in the lane as GP North forward Julia Ayrault and guard Meghan Gallagher (2) defend. (Photo by Bill Roose)
  • North sophomore Julia Ayrault and Ford senior Julia Cianferra fight for a loose ball in the second quarter of Friday's MAC tournament quarterfinal. (Photo by Bill Roose)

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS >> Ford made just enough shots early to create a sufficient gap on the scoreboard during Friday’s MAC Red/White Division Tournament girls basketball quarterfinal at Grosse Pointe North.

Ford, which is the top team out of the MAC White, built a 17-8 edge in the first quarter and never looked back, rolling to its 16th consecutive win this season with a 48-35 victory over the Norsemen, who finished fourth in the MAC Red.

The Falcons (16-1) will advance to Tuesday’s semifinal at Port Huron Northern (16-2).

The Falcons took advantage of Nikki Sorgi’s hot perimeter shooting in the first quarter. The senior captain scored all of her points in the opening frame, making three shots from behind the three-point arc to help Ford to a 27-18 halftime lead.

“When she’s knocking that shot down I think we play at another level,” Ford coach Matt Joseph said. “She started out with those three triples in the first quarter and that gets us going.”

Ford’s senior guard tandem of Julia Cianferra and Carly Schwarz led all scorers with 12 points each.

“We shot it well tonight,” Joseph said. “Julia scored six points in the first quarter as well. … When the ball goes in the basket it makes a lot of things look good.”

Ford received plenty of help from the young Norsemen squad which had their difficulties finding the basket throughout the game, especially in the third quarter when Ford held a 12-2 scoring advantage to ride a 39-20 lead into the final eight minutes.

“They had good looks and weren’t able to knock them down,” Joseph said. “We were able to knock some shots down to kinda keep them at bay, but I thought they outplayed us in that third quarter. Luckily for us they weren’t able to knock down some of those clean looks.”

North finally got its first points of the third quarter when Katie Snow made a layup in transition with 18 seconds left. Snow, the only senior on North’s team, led the Norsemen with 10 points.

Despite his team’s offensive struggles, North coach Gary Bennett wasn’t overly disappointed with their effort.

“We don’t shoot the ball well enough and you’re not going to narrow any gap if you can’t put the ball in the basket,” he said. “We didn’t score for the longest time. I know they went up 10-nothing in that quarter and they shot the ball really well. They shot great all night and we didn’t finish that well.”

The Falcons went up by 21 points in the fourth quarter when Schwarz’s layup gave them a 41-20 cushion. However, the Norsemen (9-8) and Julia Ayrault made a last-ditch run, closing out the game on a 15-7 run. The sophomore scored all seven of her points in the final quarter.

The inaugural MAC tournament will crown three champions – Red-White Division, Blue-Gold Division and Silver-Bronze Division – on Feb. 18 at Dakota.

Last Updated: 2/10/2017 10:31:40 PM EST