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Cabrini beats GR

The Cabrini girls’ basketball team used a strong second half to pull away from rival Gabriel Richard last Wednesday for a 42-30 victory.

The Monarchs led 4-3 after one quarter and just 14-13 at the break before they got the offense rolling. Cabrini outscored Richard 27-21 in the third quarter and 15-9 in the final quarter.

“Both teams started slowly, possibly due to limited gym time ,” said Cabrini Coach Mike Rozanski. “As the game went on the pace picked up. GR did a nice job in the first half with ball movement, getting their best shooter open for shots both in their half-court offense and out-of-bounds plays.”

That all changed in the third quarter when Cabrini started hitting some shots and the frontline of Kasey Jodway (14 rebounds for the game), Olivia Mocnik (eight rebounds) and Emily Deeter (eight rebounds) began to dominate the boards and create extra possessions for the Monarchs and limit Richard’s second-chance opportunities.

Cabrini finished the third quarter with a triple by Carlee Alley and opened up the fourth with a nice drive and finish by Catilyn Lefebrve, a blocked shot by Kasey on the next possession, and a basket by Madison Carter.

This turned a three-point lead into a comfortable cushion and gave the Monarchs plenty of confidence the rest of the game.

Cabrini finished 5-of-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to keep GR at a distance.

Caitlyn Lefebrve had nine points and Madison Carter had eight points to lead the Monarchs. Mocnik had six points and four steals and Jodway and Deeter each finished with six points.

Casey Lyons led Richard with a career-high 24 points.

“The time off due to the weather kind of slowed us down and wasn't our greatest performance and effort,” said Richard Coach Laura Guzman.

Friday was a different story for Cabrini but not totally unexpected as the Monarchs tipped off with Farmington Hills Mercy, one of the top teams in the state in Class A.

Mercy started the game on a 21-0 run and their pressure and length defensively was something Cabrini hasn’t seen this season.

Mercy led 26-2 after one quarter and 37-4 at halftime.

Mocnik had five points and Catherine Diroff four points for the Monarchs, who are now 6-3 on the season.

On Jan. 3, Cabrini defeated Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 42-39.

The Monarchs led 12-10 after one quarter and 23-19 at the break. They led 31-27 after three quarters.

“With the weather and New Year break, we hadn't practiced in three days so I thought it was critical that we started the game well and we did,” Rozanski said

Carlee Alley and Olivia Mocnik led Cabrini with 10 points apiece.

When Richard fouled late in the game the Monarchs responded by knocking down six of eight from the free-throw line.

Last Thursday, Riverview Gabriel Richard defeated Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 51-39.

Lyons led all scorers with 24 for the Pioneers and Kelly Henderson played a solid game and finished with 13 points in the win.

“It was a very hard-fought game with a lot of back and forth action,” Guzman said. “Father Richard was winning after the first quarter of play 9-8. Coming to a close at halftime, Henderson nailed a half-court buzzer beater to put us up 19-14 at the half.”

Riverview Richard came out of the half looking to attack going up 10 and never looking back.

The Pioneers (3-4) played Norte Dame Prep on Tuesday and host Regina on Thursday.


Inter-City had only one game last week, falling to visiting Southfield Christian 49-42.

Charity Godbold carried Southfield with 37 points.

Alyssa Saenz led IC with 18 points and eight rebounds. Makayla Thoune chipped in with 11 points.

“Overall, I think this was a fair result on the night,” said IC Coach Nathan Chatfield. “Godbold is an outstanding player, but we really need to do a better job containing her and minimizing our turnovers.”

Inter-City is 3-3 on the season, 0-1 in the MIAC.

Last Updated: 1/14/2014 2:00:16 PM EST