Monday’s roundup: Marian gives coach Cicerone 600th win
Bloomfield Hills — The state tournament has been kind to Mary Cicerone, in her 33rd season as coach at Birmingham Marian, and she received another memory Monday night with her 600th career win in a 44-38 district-opening victory over Bloomfield Hills.
Cicerone guided Marian to Class A state championships the last two years and her sixth overall, but all five starters graduated or moved on.
She has enjoyed working with her new team, earning the Catholic League title last weekend and then entering the state playoffs with a 13-7 record and in the role of underdog, certainly not the favorite this time around.
“It means I’ve been around a long time,” joked Cicerone of her 600th win. “I still have a passion for it and these are great kids. I love them, but … they push my buttons and I’m still a crazed coach. I just want to win and that’s why I’m here.”
Things didn’t look good for Marian heading into the fourth quarter. Cicerone looked like she would have to wait until next season to become just the fourth coach in state history to win 600 games.
It was definitely survive and advance for Marian, which now has won 15 straight postseason games and is trying to become the first team to win three straight Class A titles since Flint Northern won four straight from 1978-81.
And, it was a freshman who made sure Marian moved on.
Olivia Moore came through with a strong fourth quarter, scoring 10 of her game-high 13 points during the first 41/2 minutes of the quarter to turn a 26-25 deficit into a commanding lead.
In a game where points were hard to come by — Bloomfield Hills shot 20 percent through three quarters and Marian, 25 — Moore scored on a layup off a steal to start the fourth quarter, then made another layup off a drive, hit a 3-pointer and capped a 15-2 run with two free throws to open up a 40-28 lead with 3:39 left.
Marian made six of its first seven shots of the final quarter, three coming off transition baskets and two off putbacks or an inside shot off an inbounds pass.
“I’m proud that we came back and pulled this out,” said Moore. “We lost five great players from last year, but we’re showing everybody we’re still a good team. They were outrebounding us and Cis (Cicerone) got us fired up in the locker room at halftime and showed us we had to box out better. I feel we dug down deep and just started playing our game.”
Bloomfield Hills had 20 offensive rebounds, 13 in the first half, but made only a few of them pay off with points.
“We hit the offensive glass, but I think that hurt us because we weren’t scoring off the offensive rebound and we weren’t getting back, so we gave up some easy baskets,” said Bloomfield Hills coach Jeff Rubin, whose team made just 3 of 21 shots from beyond the arc. “Offensive rebounds that don’t lead to points really aren’t worth much.”
Senior center Elizabeth Grobbel, a four-year varsity player, had nine points and 12 rebounds for Marian and junior guard Hannah Redoute scored 11.
Junior forward Victoria Franklin scored 12 for Bloomfield Hills (14-7) and sophomore Becca Hancock had 13 rebounds.
“We’re lucky to still be alive,” Cicerone said. “I wasn’t real happy with our effort tonight. We didn’t shoot the ball well. We didn’t make free throws. We didn’t take care of the ball very well. We left shooters wide open. They were relentless (on the boards). They (Bloomfield Hills) wanted this bad.”
“Then, we finally got something going, executed pretty good and made a couple of shots. We got some easy ones, got some stops.”
And, got that milestone win.
Birmingham Seaholm 38, Troy 27: Mackenzie Harbort had 14 points and Dana Hoerman 11 points and 10 rebounds for Seaholm (17-4).
Dearborn 56, Lincoln Park 12: Isabelle Clarke scored 18 for Lincoln Park.
Dearborn Fordson 58, Detroit Cody 52: Sarah Abdallah had 18 points and Rana Elsamadouny 12 points for Fordson. Da’Shawna Fowler had 14 for Cody.
Grosse Pointe South 62, Hamtramck 9: Sayanna Roy had 13 points for South (8-13).
Howell 38, Hartland 35 (OT): Alexis Miller had 12 points for Howell (18-2). Graysen Cockerham scored 13 for Hartland (15-5).
Utica 45, Rochester 21: Cierra Von Zittwitz had 17 points and Emily Sechoski had 10 for Utica (15-5). Jenna Norgrove scored nine for Rochester (7-14).
Detroit Consortium 32, Dearborn Advanced Tech 24: Brishanna Weeks scored 15, and Angel Gainey had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Consortium (13-4).
Detroit Country Day 77, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 39: Destiny Pitts had 22 points, Maxine Moore 14 and Tylar Bennett 11 for Country Day (19-1). Celia Gaynor scored 10 for Notre Dame (12-7).
Detroit Denby 50, Warren Lincoln 35: Caprise Brown had 12 points for Denby (7-3).
Detroit Henry Ford Academy 84, Southfield Bradford Academy 25: Tierra Thomas had 35 points and 12 assists, and Taylor Williams had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Henry Ford (16-4). Christian Epps scored 19 for Bradford Academy (7-8).
Detroit Mumford 71, Warren Fitzgerald 43: Tiara Earnest and Paris Fuller had 14 points each and Donetta Colbert 13 for Mumford (13-5). Tone’ Ogelsby scored 18 for Fitzgerald (10-10).
Ferndale 53, Detroit Collegiate Prep-Northwestern 42: Kayla Boyd had 17 points and Cacy Thornton had 12 for Ferndale (3-15). Faith Bynum scored 19 and Erica Smith 12 for Northwestern (10-6).
Detroit Cristo Rey 30, Dearborn Riverside Academy-West 27: Naheia Williams had 13 points for Cristo Rey (17-4). Dana Akassid scored eight for Riverside.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 51, Detroit Southeastern 22: Nia Ahart had 19 points and 10 steals and Kendall McConico had 16 points for Liggett (20-4). Kayla Hollis scored 12 for Southeastern (9-5).
Madison Heights Madison 51, Detroit Jalen Rose Academy 5: Alexus Pack had 16 points and Michelle Vaughn 10 for Madison (16-5).
Boys (regular season)
Birmingham Groves 79, Ferndale 52: Langston Rudds had 18 points and Drew Sheckell and Johnny Reece had 11 apiece for Groves (13-5). Jalen Lee scored 18 for Ferndale (3-15).
Detroit Loyola 77, Detroit Public Safety Academy 37: Romari Ennis had 20 points, P.J. Mitchell and DeQuan Powell had 11 each and Ari Washington 10 for Loyola (15-4). Thomas Henderson scored 10 for Public Safety (10-8).
Northville 67, Grand Blanc 55: Justin Zimbo had 24 points and Nick Wilds had 15 for Northville (18-1). Jackarus Smith scored 17 for Grand Blanc (14-5).
Walled Lake Central 58, South Lyon 41: Dylan Hudsteth had 19 points and Malik Abiola had 11 for Central (16-3). Ethan Townsley scored 10 for South Lyon (7-12).
Birmingham Groves 79, Ferndale 52
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 70, Dearborn Advanced Tech 69
Detroit Loyola 77, Detroit Public Safety Academy 37
Northville 67, Grand Blanc 55
Novi 66, Pinckney 56
Oak Park 66, Detroit Southeastern 54
Walled Lake Central 58, South Lyon 41
News staff contributed