Catholic League A-B cage champs hosting districts

Photo by Daniel Gretzner

Divine Child head coach Mary Laney (left) celebrates with her team after winning the Catholic League A-B title Feb. 19 over Farmington Hills Mercy. The Falcons are hosting districts this week.

By Daniel Gretzner
It has been another exceptional year of basketball performance for the Divine Child girls’ varsity team.

The Lady Falcons captured the Catholic League A-B title over Farmington Hills Mercy 53-36 Feb. 19 at Calahan Hall on the University of Detroit Mercy campus.

They are following that up by hosting the Class B District 39 tournament all this week. Action begins Monday with Dearborn Henry Ford Academy taking on Dearborn Heights Annapolis at 6 p.m. with the host Falcons taking on Melvindale at 7:30 p.m. The Henry Ford Academy-Annapolis winner faces Dearborn Heights Robichaud at 6 p.m. Wednesday, and the DC-Melvindale winner faces Allen Park Cabrini at 7:30 p.m. The district finals will tip off at 7 p.m. Friday.

Whoever comes out on top will advance to the Region 11 tournament at Carelton Airport, beginning March 6 where they will take on the winner of the Livonia Clarenceville district.

Divine Child owns a 17-2 win-loss record, and had little trouble outscoring Mercy in the Catholic Leauge A-B finals. DC head coach Mary Laney has had her team pumped to the first degree for most of the season and was happy to see her girls do so well in the finals.

“We wanted the league championship this year and we got it,” Laney said.

Rosanna Reynolds poured in 20 points and Morgan Blair swished the net for another 17 points, to lead the DC scoring in the Mercy tilt.

Now, the Lady Falcons will be doing their best to win a district title on their home court in front of their home fans. I expect them to be participating in the district finals Friday.

Riverview Gabriel Richard kept pace with the Falcons while capturing its first ever Catholic League C-D title with a 55-44 win over Madison Heights Bishop Foley. The Henderson sisters, Lauren and Ashley, led the Pioneers with 23 and 18 points, respectively. Richard (16-4) broke the game open with an 18-7 third quarter.

The Pioneers will be at the Class C District 71 playoffs at Ecorse this week. They will take on Dearborn Riverside Academy-West at 6 p.m. Monday. Dearborn Heights Star International takes on Melvindale Academy for Business & Tech in the other first round game. River Rouge will face the winner of the Star-Melvindale Academy winner at 5 p.m. Wednesday, while Ecorse will face the Richard-Riverside winner at 7 p.m. The finals are slated for 7 p.m. Friday.