February 13, 2014By Bob St. John
University Liggett girls' basketball team made a huge statement last weekend, destroying Birmingham Roeper with sole possession of first place on the line.
Roeper dealt the Knights their first Michigan Independent Athletic Conference loss in more than four years on Jan. 10.
That game was loaded with tension and the rematch at Liggett was highly anticipated. Roeper came into the game with only one loss, but when the final horn sounded it was Liggett winning 48-25.
"We got after them tonight and won a big ball game on our floor," head coach Omar Ahart said. "We wanted to reclaim the top spot in the division and we did it. We still have some work to do, but this was a big win."
Not only did the Knights nearly double Roeper's score, but they forced them into more turnovers (27) than points (25).
The game was close after the first quarter, 12-8 in favor of the Knights, and at the half, 23-14.
However, the Knights blitzed Roeper in the second half, outscoring their guests 25-11 to win going away.
Sophomore Kendal McConico had 21 points, while freshman Nia Ahart had 13 points. Senior Leah Evanglista and junior Jessica Rotzoll both had seven points.
In other action last week, Liggett blasted Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 56-32 and Southfield Christian 61-12.
Junior Lola Ristovski had 12 points and Rotzoll added 10 against ICB, while Rotzoll poured in 20 points and Ahart had 11 against SC.
Liggett improved to 9-1 in the MIAC and 12-3 overall.
Coming up for the Knights is an away game Friday, Feb. 14, against Auburn Hills Oakland Christian, and a home game Friday, Feb. 21, against Novi Franklin Road Christian.
This is the final regular season game for the Knights.