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Cousino defeats Marian, 49-39, wins first region title

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Cousino defeats Marian, 49-39, wins first region title



Roseville – Warren Cousino’s bid to win the school’s first girls regional title got off to an inauspicious start when the Patriots’ best player slammed into a wall behind Cousino’s basket 3:25 into its game against two-time defending champion Birmingham Marian.

Kierra Fletcher, a 5-9 junior, swatted a loose ball out of bounds and her momentum carried her into the padded well. Despite the padding Fletcher was in obvious pain and remained prone for nearly two minutes.

“It took me back to when I was a freshman and I hit my head,” Fletcher said. “I hit my lower back. I knew I had to get back in there for my teammates. There was no way I was going to stay out. I didn’t feel it during the game but since my adrenaline is gone, I’m starting to feel it now. My mom said it would hurt a lot when I woke up (Friday).”

Fletcher missed just 20 seconds of action and not much else as Cousino defeated Marian in an emotional and physical game, 49-39, at Roseville High on Thursday.

Cousino (20-4) will play Northville (21-3) in a Class A quarterfinal on Tuesday at Southfield High at 5 p.m.

“It was definitely a physical game,” Fletcher said. “Probably the most physical we’ve played all season. What set the tone is when I hit my back.”

Cousino led 16-8 before Marian ended the half on a 12-4 run to tie it at 20-20. Elizabeth Grobbel’s 3-point play with 7.5 seconds left ended the run.

And, for the most part, it also ended Grobbel’s effectiveness. The 6-1 senior center was held in check by a smaller but quicker team.

The play got heated in the second half and tempers flared.

Hannah Redoute committed a turnover, one of eight for Marian in the third quarter, and out of frustration Redoute slammed the ball. She received a technical and Fletcher made both free throws to increase Cousino’s lead to 31-24 with 2:47 left. A half minute later freshman Kate McArthur made a 3-pointer for a 34-24 lead.

Sparks flew with 1:35 left when Marian freshman Olivia Moore drove to the basket and was fouled by Aubrey Fetzer. Fetzer was assessed an intentional foul and in response Moore shoved Fetzer seconds after the foul. Each team made two throws and Cousino held a 36-28 lead after three quarters.