Waterford Lakes, after escaping a late rally from Madison Heights Bishop Foley on Monday night, kept its place atop the Catholic League North with a 40-34 win in a matchup of the division’s No. 1 and No. 2 girls basketball teams.
Freshman guard Isabelle Kline had 15 points and junior guard Tiffany Senerius 12 for Lakes (10-3, 8-0).
At the end of a 6-0 run by Foley to start the fourth quarter, Lakes had a 34-32 lead with two minutes left.
“They put six points up pretty quickly,” Lakes coach Steven Robak said of his team’s 6-minute scoreless stretch. “From there on out, it was back and forth.”
Lakes was in a bit of deep water in the first half. Three of its starters were on the bench because of foul trouble.
Senerius, junior forward Kayla Sanders and sophomore center Sophia Hadash each had two fouls.
Robak called on three of his reserve guards — 5-foot-5 freshman Macy Senerius, the younger sister of the 5-7 starter; 5-5 sophomore Abby Hoffman and 5-6 junior Olivia Hankey — to pick up extended minutes.
“We were really small,” Robak said.
Lakes led 26-17 at the half.
Foley came back in the third, trailing 34-26 with a quarter left.
“It tightened up in that third quarter and we put some things together,” Robak said.
He said Foley, whose only other loss was to Lakes — 43-27 on Jan. 6 — was much tougher the second time around.
“I knew we didn’t get Foley’s best effort the last time,” Robak said. “Foley played more of their game, I thought. We held our own and it was tight down the stretch. Our girls responded.”
Lakes wraps up division play with back-to-back games on the road. On Thursday it heads to Clarkston Everest Collegiate, before playing Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood on Friday.
Junior center Catherine Weddle missed Monday’s game with a deep bruise in her left knee. Robak said her status was uncertain for the remainder of the week.
“It’ll be a tough two-game finish,” Robak said.
Jillian Ramos scored 16 for Foley (11-2, 7-2), which makes the 1-hour, 17-minute trip to Perry on Friday before finishing its division slate next Tuesday at home against Everest Collegiate.
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Detroit CMA 62, Detroit West Side Academy 33: Vantane Garrett had 26 points and Jamyra Owens had 13 points and 10 rebounds for CMA (7-8, 4-3 PSL West Division 2). Alexis Crawford scored 13 for West Side Academy (3-11, 2-6).
Detroit Denby 45, Detroit Southeastern 31: Caprice Brown had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Asjah Hayes had 11 points and Kendall Taylor 10 for Denby (11-2, 7-0 PSL East Division 2). Erica Pruitt scored nine for Southeastern (9-3, 6-2).
Detroit King 76, Detroit East English 27: Del-Janae Williams had 26 points and Jordan Lewis 14 for King (14-1, 5-0 PSL East Division 1). C’erra Maholmes scored 11 for East English (10-4, 4-2).
Detroit Renaissance 63, Detroit Osborn 24: Victoria Wright scored 14 and Nina Reynolds 10 for Renaissance (12-2). Alexis Edwards scored eight for Osborn (5-5).
Grosse Ile 49, New Boston Huron 36: Madison Swick and Lindsay Miles had 13 points each for Grosse Ile (6-6, 5-4 Huron). Liz Stockert scored 21 for Huron (9-4, 6-3).
Royal Oak 47, Troy 26: Samantha Potter had 11 points and Nila Coney eight for Royal Oak (10-4). Danika Murray scored eight for Troy (5-8).
Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 62, Jonesville 26: Cydney Williams had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Mahri Petree scored nine for Arbor Prep (15-0).
Roseville 81, Utica Ford 69: Martell Turner had 22 points and Austin Lorentzen 19 for Roseville (5-7, 2-5 MAC White). Alek Ivanovic scored 21 for Ford (7-5, 6-1).
Al Willman is a freelance writer; News staff contributed