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.