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Athens girls lose in state basketball semi-finals

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ATHENS, MI (WTVB) - In high school sports, the March Magic ride for a pair of Branch County area girls basketball teams ended last night at the MHSAA Class-D Final Four at the Breslin Center. Athens put a mighty scare into Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes before the 3-time defending champions rallied to win with Waterford beating the Indians 35-to-27. And Climax-Scotts likewise stretched St. Ignace to the limit until the top ranked undefeated Saints steadied their game down the stretch to stop Climax 42-to-36. Waterford and St. Ignace will play for the title tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. in the first of the four championship games that will end the girl’s season.

Athens came close to reversing their fortunes from a year ago when they fell to Waterford in the championship game. The Indians shutdown the Lakers last night in the second quarter7-to-0 to go up 16-to-11 at halftime. Athens still led 22-to-15 heading into the fourth quarter when Waterford turned up the pressure and put away the 8-point victory.

The Indians finished with a 22-and-4 record.  Next week, the boys basketball season and the winter sports high school schedule in Michigan will come to a close beginning on Tuesday with the state tournament quarterfinals followed by the semi-finals starting Thursday at the Breslin Center with the four championship games a week from tomorrow. 

Coming up today on the Coaches Corner, it’s a final look at Coldwater girls basketball with Coach Ken Smoker

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