1974 In the second year of the
MHSAA girls basketball tournament, all four games were held at
East Kentwood High School.
Dominican grabbed its second consecutive Class A title
with a thrilling 59-58 win over Farmington Our Lady of Mercy.
Dominican came from five points down in the final two minutes
to take a 57-56 lead with 39 seconds left. Freshman Betsie Essian
netted a pair of free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the
victory. The two schools had met on three occasions during the
regular season, with Mercy holding a 2-1 edge.
In Class B, Tecumseh
jumped out to a 29-12 lead at the half, then coasted to a 57-29
win over Harper Woods Regina. Barb Henning led the winners with
St. Ladislaus extended its winning streak to 42 straight and earned
its second consecutive MHSAA title with a 59-45 win over Ontonagon
in Class C. Linda Balabuch led the winners with 28 points.
Rosary downed defending champion Ewen-Trout Creek for Class
D honors, 62-35. Dominated by sophomores and juniors, the
Wolverines hit 56 percent of their shots from the floor. Patricia
Bentoski led the winners with 19 points, while junior Sally Lipp
added 14, including 10 in the first half.
McGee twins of Flint Northern closed out their stellar high school
cage careers with a victory as the Vikings downed Harper Woods
Regina, 62-34, in the Class A Final at East Lansing's Jenison
Field House. Paula scored 25 points, and had 24 rebounds, while
Pam added 15 points and nine boards. The win marked the 38th consecutive
victory for Northern coach Dorothy Kukulka and the second of four
consecutive Class A titles for the Vikings.
Junior center Kathy Grzegor-ski
scored 24 points to lead Grand Rapids West Catholic over Franken-muth,
53-38, in the Class B Final. Barb Ritter led the runners-up
with 13 points. The loss was only the third of the year for Frankenmuth
&SHY; all to MHSAA champions. During the regular season, the Eagles
dropped a pair to conference rivals Saginaw Carrollton, the Class
exploded for 15 unanswered points in the second half en route
to a 50-31 win over Royal Oak Shrine in Class C. Lori Gnatkowski
dropped in six points during the run, and finished with 13. Sharon
Sawyer led the winners with 15. Rachelle Bostic paced Shrine with
overcame a 14-point deficit to pull out a thrilling 62-61 win
over Maple City Glen Lake for the Class D title. Trailing
22-16 after one quarter of play, and 58-46 at the end of three
periods of play, Norway rallied for 10 straight in the first five
minutes of the fourth quarter. Diana Milligan led the victors
with 22 points. It was the second MHSAA title in less than a month
for the little school from the Upper Peninsula, as Norway's football
team grabbed the Class D gridiron crown at the Silverdome in November.
1984 Flint Northwestern grabbed
its second consecutive Class A title with a 48-38 victory
over Benton Harbor at Western Michigan University's Read Field
House in Kalamazoo. Wildcat junior Tonya Edwards notched a game-high
17 points despite early foul trouble. Tiger guard Lisa Harvey,
who entered the game averaging 23 points, was held to just three.
Veronica Holton led the Benton Harbor attack with 14 points.
by the outstanding play of Franthea Price, River Rouge rallied
from 10 points down to defeat Livonia Ladywood, 47-46, for the
Class B championship. Price led Rouge with 19 points, including
nine in the final frame. With 19 seconds remaining, the junior
stole the ball and drilled a 13-foot jump shot from the baseline
to give the Panthers the lead. Char Govan led Ladywood with 17
points and 10 rebounds.
Class C, Pewamo-Westphalia's strong inside attack and superior
size could not stop the team speed and outside shooting of the
Newaygo Lions, none of whom was taller than 5-7. Dawn Bulk and
Kari Thomas led the Lions with 20 and 15 points, respectively,
as Newaygo upset the favored Pirates, 57-52. Lynda Rademacher
led P-W with 22 points.
held off a late rally by Ottawa Lake-Whiteford, to claim the Class
D title, 48-43. Ottawa Lake cut the lead to one with 1:20
left in the game, as senior Sandy Long sank two of her game-high
15 points. Jane Keen led McBain with 12 points.
1989 The Grand Rapids Ottawa
Hills junior duo of Rausheda Hickman and Evelyn Baskin led the
Indians to a 61-32 win over West Bloomfield in the Class A
Final at Grand Valley. Hickman scored 22 points, grabbed 13
rebounds and blocked two shots, while Baskin had 13 points, 15
rebounds and three blocks.
Divine Child grabbed its second MHSAA crown in four years with
a 44-36 win over the St. Joseph Bears in Class B. Trailing
by 14 points late in the first quarter, Dearborn Divine Child
cut the margin to four, 24-20 at the half. Three consecutive three-pointers
by senior Shawn Bannon converted a 28-26 deficit to a 35-30 lead.
Bannon ended her prep career with 18 points including four three-pointers.
Tracey Bloodworth paced the Bears with 14 points.
Peggy Evans shattered the
MHSAA Final Round (quarterfinal, semifinal or final) game record
for scoring with a 47-point performance as Detroit Country Day
grabbed the Class C crown with a 71-59 win over Saginaw
Valley Lutheran. Evans also dominated the boards for the Yellowjackets,
grabbing 17 of the team's 44 rebounds.
A 33-point performance by
Potterville's Gina Harrington was not enough as Carney-Nadeau
topped the Vikings, 73-59, for the Class D title. Trailing
by as many as 27 points in the second quarter, Harrington's basket
with 3:08 remaining pulled Potterville within seven, 64-57. Seconds
later, however, Nadeau's Connie Berger hit her fourth three-pointer,
then followed with a pass to Michelle Charlier for an easy basket,
and a 69-57 lead. Berger finished with 22 to lead the Wolves.
1994 Flint Northern returned
to the basketball spotlight with an impressive 46-32 defeat of
1993 runner-up Detroit Martin Luther King at Kellogg Arena in
Class A. Led by 6-foot-4 freshman Tawanda McDonald, who
finished with five points, seven assists, 13 rebounds and a Finals
record 10 blocked shots (including seven in the first half), the
Vikings sported an all-underclassmen lineup. LaShawn Grays and
Ladel Lewis each finished with 12 points to lead the victors.
Courtney Anthony led King with five points. With the win, Leteia
Hughley became the second woman to win an MHSAA basketball title
as a player, then return to coach her alma mater to a title. Northern
won four consecutive championships, 1978-81, and Hughley played
for three of those teams. In 1993, Tonya Edwards, coach of crosstown
rival Flint Northwestern, became the first.
In Class B, defending
champ Dearborn Divine Child exacted revenge for an early season
loss to Flint Powers Catholic by downing the Chargers, 57-54.
Tara Overaitis led the Falcons with 33 points and 14 caroms. Powers
erased Divine Child's eight-point, third-quarter lead and tied
the game at 53 with 3:07 to play, but free throws by Anne Yoches
and Carrie Carpenter sealed the win for the Falcons. Katie Cushman
and Elizabeth Hallman each scored 18 for Powers.
Redford Bishop Borgess won
its second consecutive Class C crown, 58-39, over Grandville
Calvin Christian. Borgess won despite a sub-par shooting performance
from star Maxann Reese, as Aiysha Smith (17 points) and Adriane
Bryant (14) picked up the slack.
St Patrick rallied from 10 points down to defeat Upper Peninsula
entry Painesdale-Jeffers, 43-30, in the Class D contest.
Led by 6-0 senior Kelli Fedewa, the Shamrocks broke Jeffers tenacious
full-court press and took advantage of their height to dominate
the glass. Christie Smith and Sara Meyers finished with 11 and
eight rebounds, respectively, while Fedewa ended the day with
26 points and nine boards. Amy Aittama led the Jets with nine
points and teammate Janie Wesa pitched in with seven points.