Traverse City Record-Eagle

Basketball

March 19, 2010

Hamady, St. Ignace to meet for Class C title

EAST LANSING (AP) -- Flint Hamady and New Lothrop found themselves in an unusual situation Thursday afternoon.

Both school won state titles in 2009, but their matchup in the Class C semifinals meant that only one of them would get a chance to repeat.

Arlesia Morse made sure it would be Hamady, putting up 20 points and 14 rebounds in a 48-43 come-from-behind victory. Morse had 15 points in last year's championship game victory over McBain.

New Lothrop won the previous two Class D championships, and led by as many as 11 points Thursday in its attempt to pick up a third trophy in its new class.

The Hornets, though, played the same five players for the first three-plus quarters, and it appeared to cost them down the stretch. Hamady (24-3) scored the final seven points of the third, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Morse, and the first seven of the fourth.

Morgan Wendling had 16 points for New Lothrop (24-3), which used six players, one of whom played only two minutes.

The Hawks will face St. Ignace in Saturday's championship game. The Saints got 19 points and 12 rebounds from Nicole Elmblad in a 64-35 victory over Niles Brandywine.

The Bobcats (24-2) took an early 9-2 lead, but St. Ignace (25-1) answered with a 16-4 run and pulled away for the rest of game.

Chelesa Swope added 11 points for the Saints while Lauren Leonard led Brandywine with 13 points.

In Class D, Lauren Robak scored 30 points to lead Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes to the Class D championship game with a 64-33 victory over Ontonagon.

The Lakers will face Adrian Lenawee Christian, which beat top-ranked Central Lake.

Robak outscored the Gladiators by herself for the first three quarters of the game. Ava Doetsch added 13 points for the Lakers (21-5), while Nicole Pestka led Ontonagon with 10.

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