Traverse City Record-Eagle

Basketball

March 19, 2010

Central Lake's dream season ends

Adrian Lenawee beats Central Lake in semifinals

EAST LANSING -- A Class D state title will be awarded on Saturday, but it won't be going to the top-ranked team or the No. 1 player.

Central Lake's perfect season came to a close on Thursday as Adrian Lenawee Christian earned a 54-39 state semifinal win over the Trojans at Michigan State's Breslin Center.

"That's a good ball club right there," Central Lake coach Al Becker said. "They took away what we do best. We got in some foul trouble in the second half, but we fought to the very end."

Adrian Lenawee Christian (19-7) will take on Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes for the state championship.

Central Lake's season ended at 26-1.

For the second straight game, the Trojans were plagued by shooting woes. As a team, Central Lake shot 16-for-51 from the floor and was 0-for-14 from 3-point range.

"A whole lot of nerves," Becker said. "The last couple ballgames, (we played in) a whole lot bigger gyms, bigger crowds, that all plays a big part. A lot of young kids, a whole lot of nerves just doesn't add up to a good combination."

Trojan junior Jasmine Hines, the Class D Player of the Year, did her part, going 13-for-20 from the floor for 31 of the team's 39 points. She also had 20 rebounds.

"You don't stop a player like Jasmine, you limit the amount of touches she gets," Cougars coach Joe Long said. "Most of her touches came off of offensive rebounds. She's a great player."

Hines made it through the first half without a foul and started the fourth quarter with only two.

But that went away in a hurry.

Hines got her third foul a minute into the fourth quarter, picked up another one a minute later and saw her game -- and season -- come to an end with 2:29 to play.

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