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Beline Obeid

South’s Tommy Flynn, top, has improved during the season and is ready for a good second-half.
January 17, 2013
University Liggett’s girls’ basketball team opened its division schedule last week with wins over Plymouth Christian 49-27 and Birmingham Roeper 49-39.

“We’re getting better and better with each game,” head coach Omar Ahart said. “We played some very tough games to start the season and I can see it paying off as our girls are getting into the swing of things with our system of play.

“I still want the girls to play more up-tempo and that will come. Overall, I’m happy with our play.”

The Knights had no problem disposing of Plymouth Christian, but Roeper gave them a better test.

It was 13-9 after the first quarter and 25-19 at the half. Roeper used solid outside shooting to stay close, even though its best low-post player was out of the lineup.

A huge third quarter, 15-6, put the Knights ahead by double digits and they were able to cruise in the final stanza.

The Knights led 40-25 after three quarters, but Roeper cut it to 40-31 with back-to-back three-point baskets.

It was a seven-point game with two minutes left, but sophomore Jessica Rotzoll and senior Haleigh Ristovski each hit big baskets to help the home team ease out the victory.

Ristovski led the way with 14 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Kendall McConico had 10 points.

Sophomore Lola Ristovski had eight points and seven rebounds, while senior Lea Evangelista had six points. Rotzoll finished with only five points, but played great defense, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking three shots.

Senior Arianna Castillo had four points and sophomore Mackenzie Lukas had two to round out the Knights’ offensive output.

Liggett is 2-0 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference and 3-4 overall.

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