TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City St. Francis won its first girls basketball district title in a decade with a convincing 59-29 victory over Elk Rapids.
Liza Erickson led the Gladiators (21-2) with 27 points, six rebounds and five steals, while Lauren Buckel added eight points and nine thefts.
“It’s been a bit of a dry spell,” St. Francis coach Mike Knudsen said.
Paige Granger led the Elks with 14 points.
St. Francis moves on to play Johannesburg-Lewiston (21-1) in McBain in Tuesday’s Class C regional opener.
Friday’s contest was tight at halftime, with the Elks overcoming an early 22-12 deficit to be within 28-20 at the intermission. Then St. Francis turned on the jets.
Erickson scored eight points in an 18-2 third-quarter spurt to put the Gladiators firmly in control.
“They came out and played great defense in the third and clamped down,” Knudsen said.
Lincoln Alcona 42
Abby Schlicher’s 22 points carried Johannesburg-Lewiston to a 53-42 Class C district title win over Lincoln Alcona.
The Cardinals trailed by one point entering the fourth quarter.
Brittany Cherwinski added 10 points and Madison Showerman nine points, six rebounds and five steals. Hannah Huff pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Schlicher had six assists to go with her 22 points.
Pine River 54
Host Pine River raced to a 16-1 first-quarter lead and remained comfortably ahead the rest of the way in a 54-32 triumph over McBain in the Class C district finals. The Bucks (20-1) advanced to the regional tournament at McBain.
Sophomore Meredith Hamlet tallied 15 to pace the Ramblers (13-8) and fellow sophomore Keiana Westdorp scored six.
Kassy Nelson connected for 16 to lead Pine River while Jamie Justin scored 14 and Haley Ramond 11.
Ogemaw Heights 34
Seniors Kelli Guy, Tabitha Kibby and Elle Barber led Kalkaska to a 59-34 Class B district title win over Ogemaw Heights.
Guy scored 34 points, hitting 9-of-9 at the foul line, and dished out four assists in winning a fourth consecutive district crown. Kibby added 12 points while Barber had a team-high eight rebounds to go with three steals and three assists.
The Blazers (18-3) face the Kingsford Flivvers in a regional Tuesday at Cadillac.
“We knew this was possible,” Blazers coach Dave Dalton said. “But we didn’t have much experience coming back (from last year), and we’re short, so to be 18-3, with a conference title and now a district, I couldn’t be prouder.”
Alexis Hayden added six points and six rebounds for Kalkaska while Taylor Birgy collected seven rebounds.
Kayla Marshall netted 15 for Ogemaw Heights.
Suttons Bay 32
Leland outscored Suttons Bay 22-7 in the second quarter to pull away to a 57-32 Class D district title win over Suttons Bay.
It was the Comets second consecutive district crown.
“After we graduated that class (last year), I thought it might be awhile,” Leland coach Megan Munoz said. “But the girls have worked really hard. They’re tenacious.”
Junior Caitlin McKee led the Comets (10-13) with 15 points and three steals. Freshmen Libby Munoz and Madison Trumbull added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Munoz also contributed five rebounds and four steals.
Delaney Kaufman’s eight points paced Suttons Bay.
Leland faces Gaylord St. Mary in the regional at Buckley on Tuesday.
Gaylord St. Mary 49
Central Lake 21
Gaylord St. Mary punched its ticket to the regional with a 49-21 Class D district championship win over Central Lake.
The Snowbirds (21-2) led 20-13 at half.
Kari Borowiak paced St. Mary with 12 points. Chrissy Smith added 10 points and Mary Spyhalski eight.
Lauren Rogers tossed in 15 for Central Lake.
GT Academy 55
Leelanau School 28
Alex Houston’s 16 points and five steals powered Grand Traverse Academy to a 55-28 victory over Leelanau School.
Max Boothroyd chipped in 13 points for the Mustangs (7-8).
Max Craun-Selka topped Leelanau School with 14 points.
Grand Traverse Academy takes on Northport in Monday’s Class D district at Suttons Bay.
Suttons Bay 55
Suttons Bay beat Northwest Conference rival Mesick for the second time in two nights, 55-46.
Aaron Orban’s 20 points and 17 rebounds paced the 8-12 Norsemen.
Thane Herbert netted a game-high 31 for Mesick.
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Forest Area’s Elliott to wrestle for state title
Forest Area’s Matt Elliott will wrestle for the state championship today after posting a 3-0 mark in the Division 4 125-pound weight class.
He’ll face Mio’s Zach Mack (44-1) in the title match. Elliott (47-5) won his opening-round match by pin in 3:39 over Hudson’s Mason Lopinski, then won by decision over New Lothrup’s Gabe Bennett 16-10 and Westland’s Zach Francis 8-7 to hand Francis only his second loss of the year.
Manton’s Tristan Rosted will wrestle in today’s 160-pound consolation semifinals with a berth in the third-place match on the line. He started off with a 10-2 decision over Hillsdale’s Kevin Curby and a 9-0 win over top-seeded Tommy Reed of Constantine before a loss to New Lothrup’s Taylor Krupp, who wrestles for the state title today.
Rosted will face the winner of Bronson’s Dan Ervin and Montabella’s Logan Burns, and can place no worse than sixth.
Traverse City St. Francis heavyweight Jake Khoury can place no lower than eighth and has a shot at third.
Khoury faces Montabella’s Dan Davidson (43-12). A win there would pit Khoury against St. Louis’ Jacob Lonergan with a spot in the third-place match on the line.
Khoury (38-8) pinned Cass City’s Austin Baker in five minutes before a close 7-5 loss to top-seeded Tyler Prater of Homer. The St. Francis junior then pinned Ishpeming Westwood’s David Lancour in 1:56.
Onaway’s Isaac Nave was 1-2 at 103 pounds in Division 4. The freshman finished the season 34-13. Fellow Cardinal Morgan Robins was 0-2 at 140.
St. Francis’ Eric Wales was 0-2 at 112 pounds to finish his sophomore season 38-14.
Traverse City St. Francis’ Zach Schaub upset 119-pound No. 1-seeded Zac Sharp of Schoolcraft 13-12 in the opening round and finished 1-2 to end up 30-11 for the season.
Matt Mawby posted a 1-2 mark at 130, pinning Quincy’s Jacob Massey in 1:30 for his victory. He completes his junior year with a 39-12 mark. Forest Area’s Tyler Leffingwell was also 1-2 at 130, earning an 11-4 win over Hudson’s Carlos Randall.
Charlevoix’s Alex Brown was 0-2 at 171 pounds.
Manistee’s Hayden Codden was 1-2 at 152.
Petoskey’s Jordan Haggerty won two matches at 215 pounds in Division 2 and awaits the winner of Bay City Western’s Jacob Alarie and Lansing Waverly’s Cameron Lee for shot at a berth in the third-place match. Haggerty won 9-0 over Lee in the first round and 13-3 over Tecumseh’s Preston Pelham.
Gaylord’s Tristan Gregory won his first match by pin before losing out to top-seeded Mike Hovater of Chelsea in Division 2’s 189-pound class.
The Blue Devils’ Trent Hunt is still in the hunt at 152, winning his first-round match 7-0 before a 9-4 swetback to No. 1 seed Fritzel Findeisen of Niles. Hunt rebounded with a 10-5 win over Mason’s Sean Houghton and will face Hastings’ Kenny Cross next.
Seth Lashuay was 1-2 at 112 for Gaylord.
Benzie Central’s York Ash won two consolation bracket matches, and is still in the running for third place. He won 10-0 against Monroe Jefferson’s Tyler Foland and then 7-5 over Mason County Central’s Trevor Skinner. He’ll face Allendale’s Luke Jensen next.
Boyne City’s Connor Mills was 0-2 at 140 pounds and Elk Rapids’ Kaid Brookshire was 0-2 at 140.
In the Division 3 215-pound class, Manistee’s Adam Ball won two consolation matches, pinning Whitehall’s Hunter Shaw in 2:45 and getting another fall in 2:27 in the next round. He’ll match up with Chesaning’s Trenton Devereaux next.
Kingsley’s Josh Parks was 0-2 at 215, as was Brian Lark at 171.
Grayling’s Jon Martin is still alive in the Division 3 103-pound division. He posted an opening-round 2:15 pin before falling to No. 2 seed Kole Krauss. Martin then decisioned Berrien Springs’ David Melendez 8-3, and will face Howard City’s Tommy Gilbert today.
— Compiled by Dennis Chase, James Cook and Mike Dunn