From staff reports
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Central shot 22 percent from the field Wednesday in dropping a 48-42 decision to Alpena in the Class A district basketball semifinal here.
The Wildcats (7-14) will face Traverse City West for the title on Friday at West.
Central (5-17) hit just 16 of 72 shots from the field. The Trojans were 4 of 34 in the first half when they fell behind 17-11.
“The fact we were even in the game was amazing,” Central coach Heather Simpson said.
It was 31-22 after three quarters.
Morgan Allen scored 12 points and Elizabeth Trelfa 11 for the Wildcats. Sierra Fraser led Central (5-17) with 19 points.
“We had some opportunities,” Simpsons aid. “Our defense created some steals, but we couldn’t make a shot. Everything that was falling Monday (at Petoskey), just wasn’t falling tonight.”
Central will graduate six seniors.
“I’m so appreciative of what they did for our program in kind of a transition year, in buying into the system and putting forth the effort,” Simpson said. “If you’re going to lose, I’d rather go down fighting and these kids fought all year. For only winning five games, every day they brought effort and every day they stayed positive.”
Manistee (21-0) earned a trip to the Class B district championship game at Kingsley with a 48-23 win over the host Stags.
Audrey Tomaszewski led the Chippewas with 17 points. Emily Kott added seven for the winners.
Lily Travis had nine for Kingsley.
Manistee led 15-10 after the first quarter, but broke the game open in the second and led 28-13 at the break.
The Chippewas face Mason County Central for the district final on Friday.
Elk Rapids 54
It will be a Lake Michigan Conference district final.
Elk Rapids, getting a 25-point, 17-rebound performance from Rachel Hintz, defeated Johannesburg-Lewiston 54-45 in the opener of Wednesday’s district twinbill in Charlevoix.
The Elks trailed 26-24 at half.
Bridget Hintz added 13 points and Paige Granger eight for Elk Rapids (15-7), which plays Charlevoix for the title. The Elks beat the Rayders twice during the regular season.
Madison Showerman paced the Cardinals with 16 points, six steals and four rebounds. Brittany Cherwinski added nine points.
East Jordan 49
Charlevoix opened a 17-point lead at half en route to a 63-49 win over East Jordan in a Class C district game.
Gabby Gray paced the Rayders (12-9) with 18 points, five assists and four steals. Madeline Boss added 14 points, six rebounds and four steals. Olivia Storm chipped in 11 points and Kourtney Putman 10.
Paige Poindexter’s 13 points led East Jordan.
At Glen Lake
Glen Lake 50
Glen Lake’s bounced two Highland Conference teams from the Class C district. Now the Lakers must beat one more to claim the title.
Led by Jordan Peplinski’s 16 points and 13 rebounds, Glen Lake knocked Manton from the tournament with a 50-32 triumph.
The Lakers will travel to McBain for the championship game Friday. McBain won the Highland.
“That will be a tough one,” Lakers coach Jason Bradford said.
Alex LaCross also enjoyed a big night for Glen Lake (16-6) with 14 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Kelly Bunek added seven points and six steals. Karrah Baker’s nine points topped Manton.
At Central Lake
Gaylord St. Mary 44
Central Lake 22
Gaylord St. Mary advanced to Class D district final with a 44-22 win over Central Lake.
Bekah Myler tossed in 18 points and Kari Borowiak 11 for the Snowbirds (19-2). Borowiak also had eight steals.
Haley Patton’s six points topped Central Lake (14-8).
St. Mary will face Bellaire for the title Friday. The teams split a pair of games during the regular season.
Boyne Falls 29
After a 9-8 first quarter, Bellaire kicked into gear in beating Boyne Falls 54-29 in a district semifinal at Central Lake.
The Eagles (19-3) led 25-11 at half and 42-19 after three quarters.
Madalyn Balon paced Bellaire with 15 points and four steals. Tiffany Clovis contributed 11 points and Renee Lalone 10 points and four rebounds.
Lake Leelanau SM 49
Rachel Schaub led a balanced attack with 14 points and nine rebounds as Lake Leelanau St. Mary reached the Class D district finals with a 49-26 win over Leland.
The Eagles (11-9), who will face Suttons Bay for the title, led 25-10 at half.
Marta Herman and Hannah Weber added eight points and Abby Thon seven. Herman also had four rebounds.
Libby Munoz netted 16 for Leland.
Suttons Bay 55
TC Christian 4
All 12 Suttons Bay players scored as the Norse downed Traverse City Christian 55-4 in a Class D district semifinal in Leland.
Delaney Kaufman led Suttons Bay (11-11) with 14 points and 20 rebounds while Samara Slocombe had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Norse will play Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s at 7 p.m. Friday in Leland.
Lexi Szymoniak recorded her 16th double-double of the year, with 13 points and 12 rebounds, as Onaway defeated Wolverine 60-31 in a Class D district semifinal in Wolverine.
Erika Price led the Cardinals (11-10) offensively with 21 points.
The Cardinals led 11-2 after one period and 25-11 at the half.
The win advances Onaway into Friday’s district final against second-ranked Posen.
Forest Area 59
Justin Burke scored 22 points, surpassing the 1,000-point career mark, as Forest Area defeated Kalkaska 59-50 in a non-league game.
Burke needed 21 points to reach 1,000. He also had six assists. Austin Vance contributed 21 points, 14 rebounds and four assists.
The Warriors led 26-24 at half and then had a perfect third quarter from the field. In that quarter, Forest Area was 9 of 9 from the field, 2 of 2 from the foul line.
Will Noble’s 21 points paced Kalkaska.
Forest Area (11-8) hosts Central Lake tonight.