RECAP: Marshall, Harper Creek Advance to District 35 Final

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The District 35 final of the MHSAA Class B girls basketball state tournament is set for Friday night at 7 p.m. from Comstock on Michigan Sports Radio following Wednesday’s semifinal games.   Defending state champion Marshall downed the hosting Colts 55-29 and Harper Creek beat crosstown rival Pennfield 63-52.

Comstock gave Marshall a competitive first quarter, only trailing the Redhawks 12-7 after one.   But the Marshall defense clamped down, allowing a lone basket late in the frame, for a 25-9 halftime advantage.   They continued to pull away from there, led by 16 points from Nikki Tucker and 10 from Georgianna Pratley.  Marshall moves to 19-2 with the win.

For Comstock, they finish a strong season at 18-4 with much of their roster returning, including their leading scorers from Wednesday in sophomore Daisy Ansel (15) and junior Ahkyla Blakely (12).

In the other contest, Harper Creek finally came out ahead after losing two tight regular season games to Pennfield.  It was a slow start for the Beavers, trailing by as much as nine in the first quarter.   But Harper Creek won the second quarter 17-6 to take a 25-21 lead into halftime.  They would not surrender the lead down the stretch, with a strong 21-27 free throw effort making a huge difference.  Maddie Alexander finished with a game-high 21 points for Harper Creek.  Jacey Bowers had 20 and went 8-9 at the foul line, Faith Hayes scored 18 and shot 10-12 at the line.  The Beavers improve to 12-9.

For Pennfield, their season ends at 13-8 overall, but they have reason for optimism.  They had no seniors dressed for the game and return a host of juniors next year, including their top scorers against Harper Creek in Claire LeRoux (16) and Rachel Swartz (14).

Harper Creek now has the incredibly difficult task of facing Marshall for a third time this season in Friday’s district final.   Although they were closer in their second meeting, the Redhawks dominated both earlier contests, winning 64-17 and 68-36.     You can listen to Friday’s district final live on Michigan Sports Radio with tip off set for 7 p.m. from Comstock.

You can listen back to the semifinals from Wednesday below:

HARPER CREEK VS PENNFIELD

MARSHALL VS COMSTOCK

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