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February 28, 2014

Marian rolls to Class A district title with victory against North Farmington; Lathrup up next

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Kara Holinski and the Marian basketball team picked up a Class A district title Friday night. Holinski scored 22 as the Mustangs rolled to a 59-35 victory.

BIRMINGHAM — The start was explosive.

The end was what many had expected.

When it comes to the Birmingham Marian basketball team, well, the Mustangs are as good as advertised.

“That was a pretty good game for our girls,” coach Mary Cicerone said after her team’s 59-35 win Friday night at home against North Farmington in a Class A district final. “They played well tonight.”

Marian wasted little time taking control, jumping out to a 21-5 lead after the first quarter.

“Our rotation wasn’t real good,” Raiders coach Tim Carruthers said. “(Marian) is just so skilled. We were always a step behind, and you can’t do that against a team like that.”

Marian built a 38-16 lead by halftime, led 57-22 going into the fourth and then eased off the gas in the final eight minutes, scoring two points.

Kara Holinski came out firing for the Mustangs, connecting on a number of early 3-pointers. She finished with a game-high 22 points despite not playing much in the second half.

Brittany Gray added 13, while Samantha Thomas scored seven for the Mustangs, who improve to 20-2 and captured their third straight district title.

Megan Carter led North Farmington with 17 points.

The Raiders end the year 12-9 overall.

“I’m real proud of this year,” Carruthers said. “I’m proud of how we battled, especially playing in the (Oakland Activities Association) Red Division and considering the schedule we had all year.”

Up next, Marian takes on Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup (17-6) in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. March 4 at Lake Orion High.

“They are very athletic, very young, similar to us,” Cicerone said. “They like to get after it. … We can’t change what we do. We’re going to go there and do what we’ve done all year.”

As for the district title?

“These girls set a goal to be in a state final,” Cicerone added. “You can’t do that without winning a district first. … This was a good night for us.”

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