GIRLS BASKETBALL: Cardinal Mooney pulls away from Everest Collegiate to reach state semifinals for first time since 2009

   | Dan Stickradt

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Katie Theut is fifth sibling for Cardinals to reach Final Four



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WATERFORD All eyes were on Katie Theut Tuesday.


The fifth and final female basketball standout at Marine City Cardinal Mooney Catholic lived up to her legacy by leading her teammates to a 43-36 victory over fourth-year program Clarkston Everest Collegiate Tuesday in the Class D state quarterfinals at Waterford Mott.


Theut finished with 16 points, three rebounds and three blocked shots in helping her team reach the Final Four for the first time since 2009.


The youngest of five sisters will join her siblings Amanda, Sammie, Allie and Sarah as playing on a Final Four squad. Mooney advanced to Thursday’s 6 p.m. state semifinal at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. The Cardinals will face Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart (21-5), which defeated Frankfort 49-35 in another quarterfinal Tuesday.


“We’ll talk about it at home, for sure,” said the youngest Theut. “I remember being in the stands when I was in seventh grade and watching three of my sisters reach (the Final Four). I wanted so bad to be able to do that.”


She’ll get that chance.


The Cardinals (18-7) outscored Everest in three of the four quarters, including 8-6 in the fourth frame to reach the semifinals.


“This is the fourth Theut we’ve had to make it this far. We had three on the 2009 team,”

recalled Cardinal Mooney coach Susan Everhart. “All eyes were on her to see if she could lead her team. But we had a lot of girls step up in this game. We beat them three times this seaso