The Country Day Yellowjackets advanced to the Class B girls basketball state championship by eliminating the defending champion Marshall Redhawks 46-42 Friday evening at the Breslin Center. The win moves Country Day to 25-1 overall and to their 16th championship appearance with chance to add a 12th title. Marshall finishes at 23-3, ending the high school basketball careers of five tremendous seniors.
The first quarter saw eight lead changes with Marshall finishing the frame ahead, 19-17. They had the game’s largest lead of six-points in the second and didn’t trail until Destiny Pitts sank a three-pointer at the buzzer for a 27-25 Yellowjacket halftime lead. Country Day stayed ahead in a defensive 6-5 third quarter as both teams dealt with players in foul trouble. The Redhawks briefly took the lead twice in the fourth quarter, but Country Day finished at the free throw line for the win.
Pitts topped the Yellowjackets with 13 points, followed by Tylar Bennett with 10. Marshall’s Nikki Tucker and Jill Konkle scored 13 each. They, along with fellow seniors Georgianna Pratley and sisters Carlee and Taryn Long, finish their high school basketball careers with a championship and semifinal appearance.
For Country Day to win their 12th title, they’ll have to knock off another defending state champion, as last year’s Class C winner Arbor Prep moved to 27-0 by defeating Freeland 54-47. The Class B final is Saturday evening at 6 p.m.
Listen back to the semifinal contest below