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March 5, 2014

Stoney Creek girls basketball claims district crown; Lake Orion hockey wins regional

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Stoney’s Maria Zandi, right, is pictured during a win against West Bloomfield earlier this winter. The Cougars won their second district title in three years last week. The regional semifinal was played after press time.

ROCHESTER HILLS — Twice, they had met.

Twice, the result was the same.

The Rochester Hills Stoney Creek girls basketball team clearly had endured enough losing to Clarkston High.

So, on Feb. 28, the Cougars went out and did something about it.

“The main goal we had when the season started was winning a district title,” coach Brad Crighton said two days after his girls knocked Clarkston out in a 47-37 final at Clarkston. “They enjoyed this one; there’s no doubt about that.”

Clarkston won both regular-season meetings and started the final on a 7-1 run.

From there, Stoney took over, and there wasn’t a lack of confidence in doing so.

“Both games we lost, we had the lead at halftime,” Crighton said. “We even led in the fourth of both games. So we knew we could play with them. It was a matter of putting 32 minuets together.”

The Cougars did that and claimed their second district title in three years in the process.

Stoney moved on to the Lake Orion High regional and faced Waterford Kettering in a game played after press time.

The regional final, featuring Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup or Birmingham Marian, is set for March 6 at Lake Orion.

A game time was not available.

Stoney (16-5) earned a spot in the final after beating Rochester High 44-20 in the semifinal, and Lake Orion 60-38 in the opener.
 

Dragons claim regional
In Division 1 hockey playoff action, Lake Orion snuck past Rochester Unified 1-0 in overtime, claiming a regional title after going winless (0-1-1) against Rochester during the regular season.

After a scoreless regulation, Ryan Szydlowski scored 20 seconds into overtime to push the Dragons on to the quarterfinals.

Lake Orion (19-6-3) faced the University of Detroit Jesuit in a game played after press time.

The winner advances to a D-1 semifinal at 5 p.m. March 7 at Compuware Arena against Brighton High or Bay City Central. The D-1 final is at 6 p.m. March 8.

Rochester Unified, which won the OAA Red this season, ends the year 21-4-3.

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