MANCELONA — Harbor Springs will meet Charlevoix in the girls’ Class C District final on Friday, March 4, at the Mancelona High School gym.
Harbor Springs won a scrappy district semifinal game over Boyne City, 55-37, on Wednesday and will go in search of its first district title since the fall of 2003 on Friday.
Harbor improved to 12-10. Charlevoix is 8-13. The teams split their regular-season meetings, with the Rayders winning at Harbor, 47-39, on Jan. 25, and the Rams winning in Charlevoix, 48-32, on Feb. 22. The Rayders downed defending district champion East Jordan, 52-44, in Wednesday’s other semifinal.
The Rams jumped out to an early first-quarter lead, 17-8, on Boyne, with the aid of a 11-2 run. The Rams extended their lead to 12, 34-22, by halftime, and in the third, put the game away by outscoring the Ramblers, 25-4.
“Tonight, we improved our team defense, especially in the second half,” first-year Harbor coach Jennifer Foley said. “Boyne City played tough and worked hard. We had to make some defensive adjustments at halftime.”
The Rams were led by junior Elana Ongaro with 15 points, while senior Haley Kloss scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
“This was a good game for our young players to get some experience,” said Boyne coach Jim Brown, whose team made just three of its 17 free throw attempts and finished 1-20. “We had some chances, but the ball would not fall for us tonight.”
The Ramblers were led by freshmen Jenny Selissen with nine points and six rebounds, while sophomore Halee Boughton added seven points.
At Inland Lakes
INDIAN RIVER — Karina Cole scored 13 points to lead Lincoln-Alcona to a 34-27 victory over Inland Lakes Wednesday in a Class C girls’ basketball district semifinal game at Inland Lakes High School.
Sandy Bischoff scored 10 points to lead the Bulldogs, who finished 8-11.
Lincoln-Alcona, 16-5, advances to Friday’s district championship game against Johannesburg-Lewiston, 17-4. The site of that game was to be announced on Thursday.
ELLSWORTH — Michigan State-bound Jasmine Hines scored 33 points and Heidi Hicks added 20 Wednesday as Central Lake ended Boyne Falls’ season with a 73-28 victory in a Class D girls’ basketball district semifinal at Ellsworth High School.
The Trojans, 22-0 and ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Class D state poll, advance to Friday’s district title game against Bellaire.
The Eagles, 12-9, advanced with a 50-33 win over Alba on Wednesday. Both Bellaire and Central Lake are members of the Ski Valley Conference. The Trojans won both regular-season meetings, 57-42 and 59-23.
Kirsten Matelski scored 14 points and Ali Bearss grabbed six rebounds to lead Boyne Falls, which finished 6-15.
“We played a good first quarter, a solid first quarter,” said Boyne Falls coach Chris Fiel, whose team trailed, 16-11, after one, but was outscored 24-7 in the second.