1973 Senior guard Melanie Megge
fired in 38 points to lead Detroit Dominican to a 70-43 victory
over Grand Rapids Christian in the first-ever MHSAA Class A Girls
Basketball finals, played at Grand Blanc High School. Megge hit
16 of her game high total in the final eight minutes of the contest.
Jan Slotsema paced Christian with 22 points, including 10 in the
Unity Christian jumped out to a 33-30 halftime lead,
then held on for a 49-45 victory over Saginaw MacArthur in the
Class B title game, played at East Kentwood High School. Cindy
Masselink and Deb Aukeman led the winners with 17 and 16 points,
Linda Balabuch scored 27 points while guard Donna Travis added
24 as Hamtramck St. Ladislaus defeated Blissfield in the Class
C Final, 67-43, at Owosso High School. The Greyhounds opened up
a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes, and never looked back.
Connie Nichelson and Lori Spotts paced Blissfield with 14 points
Alma, Ewen-Trout Creek bounced back from a 13-6 first-quarter
deficit to notch a 57-48 win over North Muskegon in Class D. The
Trout Creek squad, which had traveled 600 miles for the contest,
shifted to a full-court press to open the second quarter and grabbed
the lead, 27-19, at the half. North Muskegon, led by Nancy Nyblade's
20 points, pulled within four with a minute and a half to play,
but fell short. Sandy Lannet led the winners with 17 points and
14 rebounds, while teammate Jamie Fleming added 14 points and
1978 Behind the play of 6-3 twin
sisters Paula and Pamela McGee, Flint Northern posted its 23rd
consecutive victory with a 60-48 win over 1977 Class A runner-up
Detroit Mumford. Mumford was dealt a blow when its leading scorer
and rebounder, Debra Walker, twisted her ankle early in the second
period, but the team was still able to cut a 14-3 Northern lead
to one point, 27-26, before the half. Although Walker--who averaged
27 points per game--was able to return to the lineup, she was
held to 14 points in 16 minutes of play. The loss was the first
setback of the year for the Mumford squad, while Northern's title
was the first of four consecutive Class A championships for Coach
Dorothy "Dottie" Kukulka and her Vikings.
A Tammy Brehen basket with
38 seconds left in overtime capped a 59-56 comeback victory for
Mt. Clemens L'Anse Creuse in the Class B title game with Flint
Beecher. Down by seven points with less than a minute to play
in regulation, the Lancers rebounded with four points from Julie
Peltier, a free throw from Nancy Valliere, and a bucket from Brehen
to send the game into overtime. Ann DeLoder led the winners with
22 points. Janice Sparks scored 19 points for Beecher, while teammate
Vennette Watkins finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
basket with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter gave Allen
Park Cabrini the lead for good, as the Monarchs downed previously
unbeaten Norway, 50-43, in Class C. Led by the strong outside
shooting of Dianna Milligan (18 points), the Knights led throughout
the first half and much of the third. But Norway went cold, going
scoreless on 11 straight possessions, while Anita Shea and Debbie
Syer, a pair of talented Cabrini freshmen who entered the game
in the third period, fired up the Monarch offense. Jane Shaffer
paced the winners with 17 points and 18 rebounds. Sommerville
ended the day with 12 points.
Laura Wiesen came off the bench in the second quarter and combined
with Kim Kaiser to spark the Maple City- Glen Lake Lakers to a
52-32 win over Portland St. Patrick in Class D. Kaiser topped
the Lakers with 14 points and 18 rebounds. Terri Hoppes led the
Shamrock attack with 10 points.
For the sixth consecutive year, the city of Flint was represented
in the Class A finals, as the Wildcats of Flint Northwestern defeated
a tough Harper Woods Regina squad, 50-47, at Western Michigan
University's Read Fieldhouse. With the game deadlocked at 47,
the Wildcats slowed the pace for the final minutes of play. A
free throw by Cynthia Lyons and a lay-up by Shanta Burks proved
to be the margin in the game. Northwestern, who played in the
shadow of Saginaw Valley Conference rival and five-year finalist
Flint Northern, downed the crosstown Vikings twice during the
regular season and again in the regionals en route to the school's
first MHSAA title.
forward Char Govan grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 24 points to
lead the Blue Blazers of Livonia Ladywood to a 52-34 win over
River Rouge in Class B.
defense and a 30-point performance by sophomore Lisa Horne gave
Flint Hamady a 60-48 come-from-behind win over Pewamo-Westphalia
in the Class C Final. Hamady's press accounted for a 25-8 scoring
advantage in the third quarter of action.
DeTour jumped out to a 16-1
lead, and never looked back as the Red Raiders grabbed a 49-37
win over Wyandotte Mt. Carmel in Class D.
Birmingham Marian established a new Class A scoring record with
a 71-49 win over Flint Powers at the Grand Valley State College
Fieldhouse in Allendale. The Mustangs, led by Jennifer Shasky's
30-points, grabbed an early 24-10 and were never threatened. Defense
was the key as the Mustangs held Powers all-stater Nikki Beaudry
to 10 points in the contest.
more than 20 points per game, Carla Sterk erupted for 31, including
19 points in the first half, as Grand Rapids South Christian topped
defending state champions Flint Beecher in Class B. The win marked
the second big victory over Beecher in 1988 for South Christian
High School. In March, the boys basketball team downed Flint Beecher
in overtime in the semifinals on its way to the MHSAA Class B
34 second remaining, Tirzah Wilson nailed both ends of a bonus
situation, to give St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic a 41-39 win
over Ontonagon in Class C. Catholic's Kelly Rose led all players
with 17 points and a Finals record 25 rebounds. Jill Mattson paced
Ontonagon with 13 points.
cruised to its second consecutive title in Class D with a 70-52
win over Portland St. Patrick. Debbie Bettys scored 30 points
to become the eighth player in MHSAA Finals history to reach the
30-point plateau. Two other players would join the exclusive club
by the end of the day. Teammate Angie Bond added a triple double,
with 14 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Terri Boos and Mary
Schrauben paced St. Patrick with 18 and 17 points respectively.
1993 A pair of layups by Nicole
Massey gave the Wildcats of Flint Northwestern a 44-43 come-from-behind
victory over Detroit Martin Luther King in the Class A contest
at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Trailing 43-38 with a minute
remaining, Northwestern's Larecha Jones pulled the team within
three points on a putback with 46 seconds left. After a missed
free throw by the Crusaders, the 5-4 Massey added a layup with
36 seconds to play making the score 43-42. King missed another
free throw with 19 seconds left, but retained possession when
the Wildcats knocked the ball out of bounds. Massey then stole
the ball and scored the game-winner on another layup. With the
victory, Northwestern's Tonya Edwards became the first girls coach
in MHSAA history to play on a championship squad, then return
to coach her team to a title. Edwards won prep titles as a player
in 1983 and 1984. She also was a freshman starter on the University
of Tennessee's 1987 national championship squad.
Dearborn Divine Child shot
an impressive 67 percent in the second half en route to a 50-43
victory over defending Class B champ Frankenmuth. Frankenmuth,
led by Ann Lemire's 15 points, made a 9-0 run late in the game
to pull within two points, 41-39 with 3:34 left to play. But strong
defense by the Falcons in the final minutes of play preserved
the victory, giving Divine Child its third MHSAA title. Mary Murray
scored 14 points while teammate Carrie Carpenter finished with
eight for the Falcons.
Reese scored 24 points, including a tournament-record six three-pointers,
as Redford Bishop Borgess grabbed its first-ever girls MHSAA crown,
64-41, over Iron Mountain in Class C.
In Class D, Emily Carr's
three-point play with nine seconds remaining gave Ann Arbor Gabriel
Richard a 43-42 double overtime victory over Mio. With her team
trailing 42-40, Carr drove to the basket and scored. Fouled on
the shot, she stepped to the line and calmly sank the game-winner.
Gabriel Richard had built a 31-26 lead in the fourth quarter,
but watched it slip away. Mio's Joslyn Hemingway scored off a
steal with two seconds remaining to knot the game at 35-35, forcing
overtime. The teams remained deadlocked 37-37 after the first
OT. Hemingway finished with 12 points, while Michelle Johnson
led the Thunderbolts defensively with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Richard's Shauna Sikorski led all scorers with 16 points.