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The Cabrini girls’ basketball team hung tough with first-place Pontiac Notre Dame Prep on Friday night but fell 41-31 in a game the Monarchs were in until the final minutes.

“We started very poorly and were behind 19-6 in the second quarter,” said Cabrini Coach Mike Rozanski. “We had difficulty executing against their full-court pressure early on, had costly turnovers and didn't do a good job of getting into our offense and forcing ND to guard sideline to sideline versus ball reversals.

“We had too many forced shots and one-on-one basketball.”

On the defensive end, Cabrini (6-4 overall, 2-2 in league) was pretty successful keeping ND to perimeter shots only.

“But we but did not match their effort securing defensive rebounds,” Rozanski said. “ND had numerous offensive rebounds that kept their possessions alive, and we paid for it.”

Sam Holley hit a three-pointer a minute before half and Carlee Alley got fouled on a three with 1.6 seconds before half and converted all three to cut the deficit to 24-14.

In the second half, Cabrini made adjustments and executed the press break. Caitlyn Lefebrve also did a nice job distributing against their pressure, helping the Monarchs close to within 32-25 after three quarters.

“We exchanged scores in the fourth and with three minutes to go had a steal and break-away layup that would have cut it to five but missed,” Rozanski said.

ND hit free throws down the stretch and executed their delay game to close it out.

Kasey Jodway led Cabrini with 10 points. Catherine Diroff and Carlee Alley each scored six points.


The Inter-City Chargers went 0-2 on the week with a 57-30 loss to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett on Tuesday and a 48-17 loss to Plymouth Christian on Friday (17-48).

Alyssa Saenz led the team with nine points against Liggett and Makayla Thoune led the way with six points against Plymouth.

"We went up against two very well-disciplined teams this week and struggled to match their execution,” said Inter-City Coach Nathan Chatfield. “I am very proud of the spirit shown by our team, but we have to continue to improve our execution on offense in particular.

“Both the coaching staff and players are confident that this team will get to where it needs to be. We just have to continue to put the work in every day."

Last Updated: 1/21/2014 2:47:03 PM EST