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Marian starts fast, cruises past Seaholm to win fifth straight district title

Basketball   | Jeff Dullack

Marian starts fast, cruises past Seaholm to win fifth straight district title

Bloomfield Hills – After her team’s first two district games, Birmingham Marian coach Mary Cicerone left Wednesday’s district semifinal win over Birmingham Groves with a bit of an uncertain feeling.

While Marian had won its first two playoff games, Cicerone was concerned that her team wasn’t playing at its best as the postseason began.

But just minutes into Friday night’s district final game against Birmingham Seaholm it became clear that Marian was back to firing on all cylinders.

The Mustangs jumped out to an early 13-2 lead and never looked back as Marian won its fifth consecutive district title, beating Seaholm, 53-24.

Cicerone said that she could tell from the start of Friday’s game her team was on a mission.

“Hannah (Redoute) hit that first shot and I said it was going to be nothing but confidence, we had a couple plans on how to stop Mackenzie (Harbort), but we didn’t need to do anything other than our first plan,” she said. “The girls played some serious defense and when you get some stops and you hit a jumper, you could tell, we’re here to play. This is not the same team I had on Monday night and not the same team I had on Wednesday, because I left on Wednesday with the feeling like we just were not clicking and this was night and day from the other two days. These guys came to play today and they kicked some butt. It was almost perfect.”

Coming out of halftime facing a 30-11 deficit, Seaholm managed to cut the Marian lead down to as low as 12 after a basket from Dana Hoerman made it