EAST LANSING, MI (WTVB) - In girls high school basketball, for the third straight year, the Athens Indians run at a state title has come up short at the Final Four. In last night’s Class D semifinals at the Breslin Center, the 5th-ranked Indians lost to undefeated top-ranked Crystal Falls Forest Park 49-33. It was a tale of three quarters for Athens, which had a one point lead heading into the final period when Crystal Falls outscored the Indians 17-0 over the last 8 minutes of the game. Athens closes out with a 22-4 record. Another Southwest Michigan team also bowed out of the state tournament Thursday as Gobles fell to Saginaw Nouvel 47-35 in the Class-C semi-finals. The Class A and Class B semi-finals are today with the 4 championship games set for tomorrow.
And congratulations to Coldwater senior Kenzie Galloway who was honorable mention in the Associated Press Class-B All-State girl’s basketball team.
In boys basketball, it was a March Magic makeup day Thursday with a number of Regional title games played last night after being snowed out on Wednesday. That includes Hillsdale winning the Jonesville Class C Regional as the Hornets eliminated Vermontville Maple Valley 70-49. Hillsdale’s victory last night improved their record to 24-1 as they move on to the Elite Eight and next Tuesday’s quarterfinal game at Vicksburg. Elsewhere, in Class-B, second ranked Jackson Lumen Christi was upset 58-51 in overtime by Wayland Union. And in Class-A, Kalamazoo Central lost 70-56 to Ann Arbor Skyline.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater baseball coach Randy Spangler