Three area teams stay alive in postseason play
Three of last night's five girls basketball games featuring local teams were decided by three points. Yale was the only one to escape with a narrow victory while Marysville and St. Clair won by more comfortable margins.
The Bulldogs topped Imlay City 43-40, outscoring the Spartans 19-8 in the fourth quarter to secure the win. They were led by Alyssa Barr with 17 points. Gracie Ostrander added 10 on the night.
Lily Lengemann led Imlay City in the loss with 26 points, including five 3-pointers. The Spartans conclude their season as the BWAC runner-up with a 17-6 overall record.
Yale moves on to Friday's Division 2 District 64 championship against Caro. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. in Croswell.
On the opposite side of the District 64 bracket, North Branch fell to Caro 56-53. Seniors Natasha Bickel and Bailey Gormley led the team in their final game with double-double performances as Bickel managed 20 points, 13 rebounds and Gormley added 12 points, 10 rebounds.
Caro was led by University of Chicago commit Adelyn Moore with a game-high 31 points.
North Branch concludes its season at 20-3 overall with the program's first conference title since 1989.
In the Division 1, District 32 tournament, Port Huron Northern fell to New Baltimore Anchor Bay 50-47. The Huskies finish their season 7-16 overall. Jadelynn Freeman led the team with 25 points while Shannon Fealko and Kate Nichols added nine and eight, respectively.
And in the Division 2 District 60 tournament, Marysville topped Marine City 46-37 and St. Clair won over Armada 49-35.
The Vikings jumped out to an overwhelming 16-2 lead in the first quarter, led by Ava Grant with eight of her 16 points. Avery Wolters led the team overall with 17 points on the night. Ryan Quain came off the bench to add seven.
Sydney Smith led the Mariners in the loss with 10 points and Jade Blanchard chipped in with eight. They conclude their season as co-champs of the MAC-Gold with an 18-5 overall record.
Trailing 10-9 after the first quarter, St. Clair outpaced Armada 10-3 in the second to pull away by the half. The Tigers made a run to start the third, but the Saints finished strong with a 16-point fourth quarter to secure the win.
St. Clair's offense was widespread as six of its eight players to see the floor scored, all led by Tabitha Furlin with 13 points. Erin Seros and Audrey Schindler added nine and eight, respectively.
Ellen Sutton led Armada with 15 points and Ashlyn Upton added 11. The Tigers finish their season third in the BWAC with a 13-9 overall record.
St. Clair will see Marysville in Friday's championship set for 7 p.m. This will be the fourth time this year that these two teams have met. Marysville has won two of the three games. The Saints will look to even the record to keep their season alive.
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