TRAVERSE CITY — Less than 30 seconds into the start of Wednesday's Class C district semifinal, Liza Erickson buried a 3-pointer.
About 30 seconds later, she hit another one. It set the tone for what turned out to be a memorable night for the St. Francis senior
Erickson got the Gladiators off to a hot start in a 48-28 win over Glen Lake, and she surpassed 1,000 points for her career.
St. Francis (20-2) moves on to host Elk Rapids at 7 p.m. Friday for the district title. The Elks advanced with a 49-41 win over Boyne City in Wednesday's first semifinal.
Erickson entered the game needing 18 points to surpass 1,000 for her career. She finished with with 23 point and broke the 1,000-point barrier in the third quarter with a 3-pointer.
"I had no idea," Erickson said. "My dad brought in a sign and I was like, 'What are you doing?' But to tell you the truth, I don't think it mattered. I wouldn't have wanted that in my head."
Instead of thinking about the 1,000 points, Erickson was focused on winning the game. That was clear from the start with the two 3-pointers in the opening 90 seconds.
"I told myself the minute I woke up that I was going to have to take control of this game," Erickson said. "It was going to be our game. So when I got the chance, I shot it, and they went in. That really did give us momentum."
St. Francis led 17-5 at the end of the first quarter.
"The girls played outstanding," Gladiators coach Mike Knudsen said. "They had a lot of pressure right off the bat, which didn't allow them to get into their offense. Glen Lake's got a really nice team and Scotlyn (Brengman) is a great player. Our girls played excellent today and we were very fortunate to win."