March 28, 2012 - The stage was set for the third time as players from Our Lady of the Lakes stepped onto the court at Breslin Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing for the third consecutive time, March 17.
Players from Our Lady of the Lakes Girls Varsity Basketball team celebrate winning the state championship. Photo by Terry McNamara (click for larger version)
For the third time, they won the MHSAA State Championship for Class D Girls Basketball.
The team is comprised with players from Marina Anderson, Ava Doetsch, Lexi Robak, from Clarkston; Micaela Mallory, Jessica Parry, Emmalee Peck, Lindsay Ross, Brianna Topolewski, from Waterford; Gabby Troy, from Lake Orion; Anna Robb, from White Lake; Carlee Cottrell, from West Bloomfield; and Tori Duffey, from Commerce.
They claimed their third title after beating Athens, 53-37, and finishing their season with an overall 23-4 record.
The team held onto the lead as they went into the half time break after going on a 13-3 run. Robak scored eight points to help boost the Lakers, 29-19.
During the third quarter, they continued to hold control of the board. Duffey aided in the surge, scoring three shots past the arc. They outscored Athens to go into the final quarter with a 42-26 lead
Duffey and Doetsch led the team with 13 points each. Robak scored 12 points. Robb and Cottrell added seven points each.
Four players were named to the All-State Class D team by the Associated Press.
Cottrell and Robak were named to the first team. Doestch and Duffey received an honorable mention.
The Lakers beat Portland St. Patrick in the semifinals in a close battle to make it the finals spot, 54-44.
They went on a 13-0 run to pull away from their 3-point lead over Portland into a 16-point lead with less than four minutes to go in the game.
The team not only made history at Our Lady of the Lakes but history for MHSAA Girls Basketball.
Only 12 teams in all four classes have reached the finals in three consecutive season. Only half of them have won three consecutive titles. The Lady Lakers have become the third team in Class D to win three in a row.
The Lakers coaching staff is head coach Steve Robak, from Clarkston, and assistant coaches Paul Robak, John Avery and Paul Boyea.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.