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State Champs girls district basketball preview - Haslett vs. Williamston and Mona Shores-Reeths-Puffer are top games

Basketball   | Tom Markowski

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Here’s a look at district play in the girls basketball tournament that begins Monday at 32 sites in each of the four classes.

We will chose one top game in each class as the best, and we will predict the 32 winners.

Class A

Top game

Muskegon Mona Shores (17-3) vs. Muskegon Reeths-Puffer (16-4) at Mona Shores, Monday, 7: These teams tied for the O-K Black Division title but Reeths-Puffer won both meetings by narrow margins (37-36, 49-45). Cameryia Williams is Reeths-Puffer’s lone senior and will be counted on to lead her team in this district opener. Pick: Mona Shores by 2.  

 

District winners: A.A. Huron, DeWitt, Holt, Kalamazoo Central, Rockford, Muskegon Mona Shores, Wyoming, Grand Rapids Christian, Howell, White Lake Lakeland, Salem, Holly, Marquette, Midland Dow, Flushing, Lapeer, Birmingham Marian, Southfield-Lathrup, Farmington Hills Mercy, Livonia Churchill, Clarkston, Waterford Kettering, Utica Ford, Port Huron Northern, Allen Park, Belleville, Woodhaven, Temperance Bedford, Fraser, Warren Cousino, Grosse Pointe South, Detroit King.

Class B

Top game

Haslett (15-5) vs. Williamston (19-1) at Fowlerville, Monday, 7:30: Haslett started the season 8-0 and then hosted Williamston and lost, 54-50. The Vikings lost three more home games before losing at Detroit Country Day on Feb. 26. Williamston has won 14 straight after losing to Flint Powers. Haslett’s Makenna Ott suffered a fracture tibia in January but is back. Pick: Haslett by 2.   

District winners: Flat Rock, Riverview Richard, Chelsea, Olivet, Plainwell, Marshall, Vicksburg, Benton Harbor, Sparta, Spring Lake, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Holland Christian, Alma, Wayland Union, Portland Williamston, Kalkaska, Kingsford, Manistee, Big Rapids, Midland Bullock Creek, Freeland, Frankenmuth, Goodrich, Croswell-Lexington, Marysville, Detroit Country Day, St. Clair Shores South Lake, Livonia Ladywood, Warren Fitzgerald, Detroit Consortium, Dearborn Heights Robichaud.

Class C

Top game

Johannesburg-Lewiston (18-2) vs. Traverse City St. Francis (18-2) at Mancelona, Monday, 6 p.m.: St. Francis has played the more difficult schedule. Its two losses came to two quality Class B teams, Manistee and Kalkaska. Pick: St. Francis by 12.

District winners: Calumet, Norway, Ishpeming, Harbor Springs, Traverse City St. Francis, Leroy Pine River, Tawas, Beaverton, Shelby, Morley-Stanwood, Kent City, Laingsburg, Grandville Calvin Christian, Gobles, Decatur, Niles Brandywine, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, Ann Arbor Richard, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep, Blissfield, Galesburg-Augusta, Manchester, Concord, Bronson, Sandusky, Flint Hamady, Royal Oak Shrine, Madison Heights Bishop Foley, Ithaca, Saginaw Nouvel, Reese, Unionville-Sebewaing.

 

Class D

Top game

Big Rapids Crossroads Academy (19-1) vs. McBain Northern Michigan Christian (14-6) at Crossroads Academy, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Although Crossroads Academy hasn’t played a demanding schedule, its lone loss was to defending state champion Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart, 36-30. And on Feb. 23 it went to Northern Michigan Christian and won, 53-48. Pick: Crossroads Academy by 4.

District winners: Battle Creek St. Philip, Morrice, Pittsford, Hillsdale Academy, Wyoming Tri-unity Christian, Climax-Scotts, Athens, St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran, Bay City All Saints, Kingston, Burton St. Thomas More, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian, Waterford Lakes, Bloomfield Hills Roeper, Adrian Lenawee Christian, Taylor Baptist Park, Suttons Bay, Bellaire, Fairview, Frankfort, Manistee Catholic Central, Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart, Portland St. Patrick, Fruitport Calvary Christian, Baraga, Crystal Falls Forest Park, Bark River-Harris, Munising, Cedarville, St. Ignace-LaSalle, Mackinaw City, Hillman.