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Beline Obeid
January 10, 2013
Omar Ahart earned his first win as University Liggett’s girls’ basketball head coach last week.

The Knights, playing the second of two games in the annual Motor City Roundball Classic at Detroit Country Day beat Romulus 56-52, improving to 1-4 overall.

“We built a nice 15 point halftime lead and had to hang on during the final minute,” Ahart said. “The girls played well against a big Class A program and it’s a nice win for the program.

Sophomore Jessica Rotzoll led the Knights with 18 points and senior Haleigh Ristovski added 14 to help the team get the elusive first victory. Sophomore Lola Ristovski also chipped in with 11 points.

It’s been a tough opening couple of weeks for the Knights, thanks to a schedule loaded with state-ranked teams such as Goodrich, Livonia Ladywood and Farmington Hills Mercy.

In their first game in the Roundball Classic, Liggett lost 46-45 to another ranked foe, Freeland.

Three players were in double figures as Rotzoll, Lola Ristovski and Haleigh Ristovski each scored 14 points.

The Knights couldn’t connect on a potential tying three-point attempt and settled for a two-pointer instead.

They couldn’t stop the clock and time ran out.

The Knights still have two more non-league games against tough competition.

They face Saginaw at the end of January and Woodhaven at the end of February.

“These games are getting the girls prepared for the state playoffs in March,” Ahart said. “Once February hits, it’s time to get on playing good basketball with playoffs coming up.”

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