HS Basketball: Meet The New Champs
The Michigan High School Athletic Association's Class B Girls Basketball Finals Saturday night saw two state-ranked squads duel it out at Michigan State University. The seventh-ranked Marshall Redhawks had a chance to win their first state title in just their second final in school history. They faced the third-ranked Grand Rapids South Christian Sailors, who knocked of the top-ranked and defending champion Detroit Country Day Yellow Jackets the night before.
Thanks to a quality run in the first quarter and a 25-15 lead at the half, Marshall head coach Sal Konkle was able to grasp what she missed in that 1981 final she played in as a senior with a 51-42 victory. Her daughter, junior Jill Konkle was one of three Redhawks in double figures, leading with 13 points. The lone senior, Emily Delmotte, and Taryn Long each added 10 points on the night. The new champs finish their season at 26-1.
Markayla Vander scored a game-high 16 points in the loss for the Sailors, who end their season at 25-3. Jennifer DeBoer had 13 points to go with nine rebounds.