Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 17, 2010

Trojans survive scare in OT

Central Lake moves on to Class D semis

BENZONIA -- Start packing.

Central Lake is bound for the Breslin Center.

Pushed to the brink Tuesday night, the unbeaten and top-ranked Trojans survived, edging Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart 51-45 in overtime in a Class D basketball quarterfinal at Benzie Central.

Central Lake (26-0) will face Adrian Lenawee Christian (18-7) in a Thursday evening semifinal at Michigan State's Breslin Center. Adrian Lenawee advanced by beating Battle Creek St. Philip 39-32.

It will be Central Lake's first Final Four appearance in school history. The Trojans lost to eventual state champion Rock-Mid Peninsula in a quarterfinal in the late 1970s.

"At the beginning of the season we knew we had the potential to go," Central Lake center Jasmine Hines said. "But now that we're going it's really exciting."

On a night when her teammates struggled offensively, Hines came through with a 44-point effort to power the Trojans.

"We have nights where we don't hit our shots," Hines said. "They knew I was on so they kept feeding me the ball -- and it worked. They were really unselfish."

Hines scored all 19 of Central Lake's points in the first half when the Trojans took a 19-16 lead at the break. Sacred Heart (21-5) came out on fire in the third quarter -- a quarter in which the lead changed hands nine times. A 3-pointer by Julia Wagner just as time was about to expire put the Irish up 34-32 going into the fourth.

With Sacred Heart leading 38-37, Hines, using her size and strength inside, scored two baskets to give the Trojans a 41-38 lead with 1:41 to go. It stayed that way until Elizabeth Hunter buried a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to force overtime.

Central Lake scored the first six points in the extra session and never looked back in punching its ticket to the Breslin Center.

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