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Our Lady of the Lakes advances to quarterfinals with comeback win over Parkway Christian WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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The Lakers picked up a 57-51 win to capture a regional title in Class D Thursday.

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Basketball - Girls - 3/9/2017 

Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 57
Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 51
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WATERFORD — Overcoming a sluggish start in the face of intense defensive pressure, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes steadily battled back from an early nine-point deficit to dispatch Sterling Heights Parkway Christian, 57-51, in a Class D regional final Thursday.

Our Lady of the Lakes took the lead for good late in the third quarter, but the game was still within reach for Parkway Christian with three minutes to go, trailing by just three points.

A baseline drive to the rim and a finish by Tiffany Senerius with 2:35 to play, coupled with some tack-on free throws by the Lakers helped keep their lead at a safe distance to avoid any last-minute theatrics.

“They rattled us early, for sure,” Our Lady of the Lakes coach Steve Robak said. “We knew what they were going to do, and our girls, for whatever reason in the excitement of the moment, didn’t handle it well. Thankfully, as the game went on, we settled a little bit and figured out what needed to be done. Parkway played a really great game and they certainly came to win.”

Posting a big performance for the Lakers (19-5) was freshman Isabelle Kline, whose team-high 22 points included 12 in the second quarter to help her team climb from its early hole.

“She was phenomenal. She made a lot of pull-up jumpers and converted layups,” Robak said of Kline. “She’s had several games like that for us this year and is really coming into her own as a freshman. She’s made huge progress and the game is slowing down a touch for her, allowing her to see things better.”

Parkway Christian’s press defense worked wonders for the first 10 minutes or so and forced Our Lady of the Lakes to turn the ball over time after time, preventing easy setups for its half-court offense.

The Eagles (17-7) were spearheaded by senior Erica Mick’s game-high 23 points, which included five 3-pointers.

“Erica has always been our main shooter and she just got into the flow and she knew this was it,” Parkway Christian coach Tom Kocik said of Mick. “She got us going and kept us in it.”

Parkway Christian held a slim 30-28 lead at halftime, but lost it when WOLL scored the first six points of the second half.

“Lakes is a great team. We got into some foul trouble, which sort of hurt us,” Kocik said. “Overall, we executed pretty well, but it just wasn’t our night. Hats off to Lakes – They made adjustments and did what they needed to do.”

Tiffany Senerius and Kayla Sanders chipped in with 11 points apiece for the Lakers, while Catherine Weddle and Macy Senerius added five points each.

“It was a little bit of a wake-up call for us and I’m glad we responded the way that we did,” Robak said.

Up next, Our Lady of the Lakes advanced through to the Class D quarterfinals against Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary, which will be played at Burton Bendle High School on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Last Updated: 3/9/2017 10:05:21 PM EST


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