The MHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament began Monday night with teams all across our coverage area tipping off with hopes of making a run to Van Noord Arena for the State Championships. Scores of Monday’s games and a look ahead to Wednesday’s semifinal action:
Division 1 District 9 at Reeths-Puffer
Muskegon 52 Grand Haven 47
Reeths-Puffer 48 Mona Shores 36
The Big Reds got a huge upset victory over the Grand Haven Buccaneers. These were two of the best teams in the area, and they are a great example of why the playoffs should be seeded. This one was a back and forth affair that saw Grand Haven take a lead halfway through the fourth quarter. Muskegon closed on a 9-3 run to seal the victory.
SEMIFINALS: Grand Rapids Union vs Muskegon 6:00, Kenowa Hills vs Reeths-Puffer
Division 1 District 10 at Zeeland East
Hudsonville 61 Zeeland West 43
Zeeland East 40 Jenison 39
Two tremendous basketball games were played in Zeeland in the District 10 opening round. Hudsonville had a strong shooting night, as they were led by 17 points by Jaci Tubergen. They also got 13 points from Chloe Elliott in the win. Zeeland West was led by Kaylee Baker with 14 points. In the second game, Meg Morehouse hit the game winner for Zeeland East to carry the Chix to the next round.
SEMIFINALS: Hudsonville vs West Ottawa 5:30, Zeeland East vs Holland
Division 1 District 11 at East Grand Rapids
East Kentwood 71 Grandville 55
East Grand Rapids 72 Ottawa Hills 44
SEMIFINALS: Wyoming vs East Kentwood 6:00, East Grand Rapids vs Byron Center
Division 1 District 12 at Northview
Northview 55 Rockford 45
Forest Hills Central 45 Greenville 25
SEMIFINALS: Cedar Springs vs Forest Hills Central 5:30, Northview vs Forest Hills Northern
Four OK White teams remain in the District 12 playoffs. In the first semifinal, FHC goes for the three-game sweep of Cedar Springs. The second semifinal is one of the best games in the area, with 19-1 Northview taking on 15-5 Forest Hills Northern. These two met in the regular season twice, and Northview’s two wins came by a combined 13 points.
Division 1 District 15 at St Johns
St Johns 49 Lowell 27
DeWitt 54 Caledonia 38
SEMIFINALS: Lansing Waverly vs St Johns 5:30, DeWitt vs Grand Ledge
There are four teams remaining in District 15, and three of them have at least twelve wins already. St Johns now sits at 12-9 after their win over Lowell, and they take on Waverly in the semifinals. In the other semifinal, DeWitt (19-2) will take on Grand Ledge (12-8) in a conference rematch that the Panthers already won twice this year.
Division 2 District 37 at Shepherd
Alma 49 Tri-County 35
SEMIFINALS: Alma vs Belding 5:30, Central Montcalm vs Shepherd
Division 2 District 41 at Whitehall
Fruitport 29 Montague 25
Oakridge 50 Whitehall 42
SEMIFINALS: Fruitport vs Orchard View 6:00, Spring Lake vs Oakridge
Division 2 District 42 at Grant
Comstock Park 47 Fremont 34
Coopersville 54 Grant 32
The Broncos advance to the district semifinals with a 22 point win over the Tigers, in a game you could hear LIVE on MSR. Aubrey Bates and Sally Moore led the Broncos with 11 points each. Grant was led by Cecilia Male with nine points and Nicole Whan with seven.
SEMIFINALS: Newaygo vs Comstock Park 5:30, Coopersville vs Sparta
Division 2 District 43 at Allendale
West Catholic 71 Wellspring Prep 25
SEMIFINALS: Allendale vs Forest Hills Eastern 5:00, Grand Rapids Catholic Central vs West Catholic
Division 2 District 44 at Grand Rapids Christian
Grand Rapids Christian 56 Grand River Prep 22
Godwin Heights 51 West Michigan Aviation Academy 17
SEMIFINALS: Godwin Heights vs Kelloggsville 5:30, South Christian vs Grand Rapids Christian
The four best teams remain in the district at Grand Rapids Christian. The first semifinal is an OK Silver rematch between two teams that played a pair of close contests during the regular season, both Kelloggsville victories. The second semifinal is an OK Gold matchup that serves as the rubber match. Grand Rapids Christian won the first game, before South Christian won the second contest.
Division 2 District 45 at Unity Christian
Unity Christian 48 Hopkins 24
Hamilton 63 Wayland 27
SEMIFINALS: Holland Christian vs Unity Christian 5:30, Hamilton vs Allegan
Division 2 District 48 at Otsego
Middleville 51 Otsego 49
Plainwell 46 Hastings 26
SEMIFINALS: Parchment vs Plainwell 5:30, Middleville vs Comstock
The Middleville Trojans went on the road in their district opener and knocked off the host Bulldogs of Otsego. This was a big-time upset, as Otsego entered at 16-4 on the year. Next up for Middleville is Comstock, who had an equally as impressive 16-4 regular season. On the other side of the bracket, five-win Parchment takes on 13-6 Plainwell.
Division 3 District 74 at Saugatuck
Calvin Christian 46 Black River 30
Fennville 36 Potter’s House 31 (OT)
SEMIFINALS: Fennville vs Covenant Christian 5:30, Calvin Christian vs Saugatuck
Division 3 District 75 at Pewamo-Westphalia
Pewamo-Westphalia 52 Ithaca 23
SEMIFINALS: Saranac vs Carson City-Crystal 5:30, Pewamo-Westphalia vs Northpointe Christian
There are three teams in District 75 remaining with at least 16 wins. The 17-3 Eagles of CCC take on Saranac in what has the makings of a lopsided opening semifinal. The nightcap will be fantastic as 20-1 Pewamo-Westphalia squares off against 16-4 Northpointe Christian.