ONEKAMA — Facing a six-point halftime deficit, Frankfort cranked up the offense in the third quarter for a 45-35 Class D district final win over Bear Lake.
The win gives the Panthers their seventh district crown in the last 12 years, but first in four seasons.
Mackenna Kelly led Frankfort (21-2) with 17 points, nine rebounds and six steals. Shayla Soto added 13 points, seven steals and three assists, including hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the pivotal 19-9 third-quarter run.
Pauline Lausten added 10 points, four rebounds and three assists and freshman Cecilia Schmitt had five points and three steals as those four players accounted for every Panther point on the night.
Frankfort jumped out to a 5-0 lead early, but Bear Lake had a 12-7 advantage by the first quarter’s end and 20-14 at halftime.
“They were able to dictate tempo on us,” Panthers coach Tim Reznich said. “We wanted to run.”
Emileigh Ferguson led the Lakers (18-5) with 14 points, Hannah Harrington added 11 and McKaya Greenwald had nine.
Class D at Leland
Lake Leelanau SM 52
Suttons Bay 37
Lake Leelanau St. Mary won its first district championship since 2009 with a 52-37 victory over Suttons Bay.
The Eagles had lost to the Norse by eight in their only regular-season matchup, and move on to face Frankfort in Buckley on Tuesday.
Suttons Bay led 13-10 after one quarter, but Lake Leelanau (12-9) rallied to go up 25-18 by halftime.
Rachael Schaub had 17 points and eight rebounds, Hannah Weber added 12 points and Abbie Thon pitched in seven points.
Delaney Kaufman had 15 to lead the Norse (11-12), scoring 12 in the first half.
Class B at Kingsley
Mason Co. Central 37
Manistee rebounded from an early 10-2 deficit to beat Mason County Central 46-37 and win the Chippewas’ first girls district title since 2010.
Audrey Tomaszewski led the Chippewas with 14 points, while Emily Thompson added nine, Emily Kott eight and Emma Burns seven.