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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Private school roundup

After opening the season with an easy victory, the Richard girls’ basketball team played a close and competitive game at L'Anse Creuse North High School on Wednesday.

The young Pioneers lost 32-29 but the learning experience was much more important than the win, at least at this point of the season.

It was a game that went back and forth all night.

At the half, L'Anse Creuse North led 15-10. Gabriel Richard fought back and cut the deficit to two and then took the lead. At the end of the three quarters, the visiting Pioneers led 20-17.

But the home team outscored Richard 15-9 in the final quarter to steal the win.

“It was a very hard-fought game,” said Richard coach Laura Guzman. “The game went back and forth and we were losing at the half and fought back to take the lead in the third.

“We just couldn't capitalize to pull away when we needed to. The girls played extremely hard and are adjusting to the type of pace I want them to play. We made silly mistakes that kind of led us to beating ourselves. But LCN played hard and scored when they needed too. Overall I think the team did great and I applaud their efforts for not giving up and giving in. It's a good stepping stone for us.”

Richard was led by Kelly Henderson with 10 points (including two three pointers) and Casey Lyons with eight points.

Richard opened the season with a 56-4 win over Melvindale ABT on Dec. 9. Lyons had 16 points and Jackie Reitmeyer scored 13 in a game everyone but two players scored in for the Richard.

“All the kids got good minutes and all contributed to the success of the game,” said Guzman. “We got to work on things to prepare for upcoming teams and kids who normally wouldn't play a ton, got good opportunities to do some nice things.”

Richard plays Friday at Madison Heights Bishop Foley.

Inter City

After starting the season 2-0, Inter-City lost Friday to a strong Allen Park team 51-18.

Alyssa Saenz had nine points and five rebounds for the Chargers.

“That was a tough loss,” said Inter-City coach Nathan Chatfield. “We were outplayed in every aspect of the game. Credit to Allen Park because they executed very well, but we need to play better in big moment.”

The Chargers opened the season 2-0 after beating Huron Valley Lutheran 48-26 on Dec. 3 and Parkway Christian 43-23 on Dec. 5.

Makayla Thoune had 17 points and Saenz 15 points in the win over Lutheran. Saenz had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Courtney Hunter had five points and 15 rebounds in the win over Parkway.


The Monarchs are off and running. Cabrini netted a 40-24 win over SMCC last Tuesday.

Cabrini took control early, taking a 10-5 lead after the first quarter and a 21-6 lead at halftime. They led 33-15 after three quarters.

“I felt we played a good game considering we have a bit of the injury bug going,” said Cabrini coach Mike Rozanski. “We only had eight dress for this game and had players adapting to new positions and responsibilities. It was important that we got off to a quick start and we did.”

Of course, good shooting cures a lot of ills.

“Our perimeter jump shots were falling in the first half, and we did a nice job on the offensive glass (18-8 advantage),” Rozanski said. “After a strong defensive second quarter, we forced SMCC to shoot contested perimeter shots, rebounded our defensive glass well, and never allowed SMCC's pressure get them into extended offensive runs.”

The Monarchs were led by Carlee Alley with eight points, Caitlyn Lefebrve with seven points, five rebounds and three steals and Angela Nappo with six points and four steals.

On Thursday, Cabrini defeated Henry Ford Academy 40-34.

The Monarchs again came out flying, taking a 7-2 lead after the first quarter led 20-14 at the break. Cabrini led 32-24 after three quarters.

“HF has a very skilled wing player that scored 24 points her first game, and we made her work exceptionally hard for 11 points,” Rozanski said. “I thought we defended her well, closing her driving lanes and leaving her with contested jumpers.”

Cabrini was led by Olivia Mocnik with 11 points and five boards.

“She has moved from forward to guard and is really beginning to excel,” Rozanski said.

Kasey Jodway had eight points and dominated the boards with 22 rebounds.

Alley had six points and six rebounds, Emily Deeter had seven points and four rebounds and Amber Steelman had six points.

The Monarchs won their opener 62-11 over Detroit International Academy.

Deeter had 14 points, Kendel Adamus had 12 points and Alley scored 11 for the Monarchs.

Cabrini (3-1) begins league play Tuesday against Macomb Lutheran North and Friday at home against Inter City.

Last Updated: 12/17/2013 2:33:33 PM EST

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