Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 24, 2014

Five questions: Girls basketball

TRAVERSE CITY — Today marks the start of another season for girls basketball.

The postseason kicks off, and everyone starts with a clean slate of sorts. After a topsy-turvy season in which weather cancellations were a factor with just about every team, what are the big questions for area girls basketball fans heading into tonight’s district openers?

1 Which area district is the most loaded?

There are several, but the obvious one is the Class C draw at Kalkaska.

None of the six teams are below .500.

You’ve got McBain at 16-2, Traverse City St. Francis checking in at 18-2, Glen Lake with a 14-5 record, Kalkaska at 12-7, Lake City with an 11-8 mark and 8-8 Manton.

“McBain’s got a solid team,” St. Francis coach Mike Knudsen said. “The teams in the district are all tough.”

Kalkaska gets the unenviable task of facing McBain right off the bat on Monday. At least the Blazers host the contest.

With Friday’s weather, Kalkaska’s game with St. Francis was pushed back a day, cutting into the Blazers’ rest time between contests.

“McBain has lost only two games,” Kalkaska coach Dave Dalton said. “I really wanted to play St. Francis Friday instead of Saturday. It’s really tough to play one of the best teams in the state after playing on Saturday.”

McBain and St. Francis each went through their league play undefeated. TCSF went 14-0 in Lake Michigan Conference play, while McBain was 13-0 in Highland Conference action. Both are honorable mention picks in the Associated Press Class C poll.

The Ramblers haven’t lost since back-to-back setbacks over Christmas break to 12-4 Detroit Edison and 8-10 Class A school St. Johns in the Motor City Classic. They’ve also beaten Class B teams in Big Rapids and a 15-5 Cadillac team that won the Big North Conference.

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