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Lakes applies pressure to Bishop Foley, takes C-D title 40-24

Basketball   | Tom Markowski

Lakes applies pressure to Bishop Foley, takes C-D title 40-24

Detroit – Consecutive losses earlier this month was all coach Steve Robak needed to get the attention of his Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes team.

One of those losses was to Madison Heights Bishop Foley, 57-49, on Feb. 5. Simply, Robak was not pleased with his team’s defensive play that game and this was addressed.

Lakes’ focus was on the defensive end on Sunday and the Lakers shut down Bishop Foley and won the Catholic League C-D Division title with a 40-24 victory at Calihan Hall.

“We were ready,” Robak said. “We’ve got a good group of seniors and they came to play. I thought we got a little sloppy with the ball there at times.”

It’s Lakes’ fifth C-D title and the first since 2013.

Lakes held Bishop Foley to one field goal in the first quarter and just three at halftime as it took a 23-11 lead at the break.

The Lakers scored the first six points of the second half, the last two on Alex Troy’s basket, to effectively put the game out of reach.

“It was about the defense today,” Robak said. “We made it tough on their best players. I’m glad to see it be effective. We struggled offensively but we made baskets as the game went on.”

Both teams seemed to be out of sync offensively for most off the first quarter. The game was tied 2-2 until Megan Ross made consecutive 3-pointers in the final 1:31 to give Lakes an 8-2 lead.

Lakes made three more 3-pointers in the second quarter, two by Tiffany Senerius.

The Lakers turned the ball over eight times in the third and had 20 for the game. Bishop Foley had 16 turnovers.

Senerius and Ross each had 12 points to lead Lakes (15-4), ranked No. 8 in Class D. Troy added six points and led the Lakers with 12 rebounds.

Jacki Johnson led Bishop Foley (10-8) with eight points and five rebounds.