FLINT – Hamady’s bid to return to the Division 3 State Women’s Basketball Championship game got off to a flying start Wednesday night.
The Hawks opened the tournament by beating host LakeVille 57-9 in the district semi-final behind 17 points, 10 rebounds, four interceptions and two blocks by Aryana Naylor.
Xeryia Tartt added 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five interceptions for the Hawks, who brought their record to 19-2 with their sixth straight win. Kennedy Adams had 11 points and five assists.
“I was happy,” said coach Keith Smith, whose team lost in the state final last year. “We did a good job keeping the turnover below 10. Sometimes when you have wide margin wins like this, girls tend to be careless with the ball.
“If we want to progress in the tournament, we have to make sure that we take the basketball car and not turn it over. I was glad the score was out of balance that we did a good job taking care of the basketball. Turnover, we only had four. ”
The Hawks will play Beecher at 7 p.m. Friday for a place in the regional semi-final.
Beecher (15-7) beat Millington 42-39 to win a date with Hamady.
Goodrich 45, Powers Catholic 42
Goodrich, who reached the Division 2 quarterfinals last season, was scared after finishing 29-20 at halftime. But the Martians came together to earn a spot in the Division 2 championship game against Lake Fenton, who defeated Brandon 51-38. Maddie Voelker led Goodrich with 17 points and nine rebounds. Raegan Lauinger added 15 points for the Martians (19-3). Powers, who finished the season with a 7-14 record, earned 17 points from Caroline Vance.
Carman-Ainsworth 68, Swartz Creek 36
Jessiana Aaron scored 21 of her 23 points in the second period to lead Carman-Ainsworth to Friday’s Division 1 championship game at Swartz Creek. The Cavaliers (18-4) will face Saginaw Heritage (13-8) at 6 p.m. DeDe Smith added 15 points for Carman-Ainsworth. Swartz Creek finished the season with a 13-8 record.
Davison 47, Lapeer 33
Davison increased his winning streak to eight games behind Olivia Dirkse’s 24 points. Chelsea Oryszczak added nine points to the Cardinals and Jasmine Hadley collected seven. Olivia Norman led Lapeer with 12 points. Davison (15-8) will face the Grand Blanc (13-8) at 7 p.m. Friday for a place in the regional championships next week.
Chesaning 50, Owosso 35
Clover Brandt had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Owosso, who got nine points and six rebounds from Reyn Tuttle. Alaynie Drury added 11 rebounds for Owosso (2-19). Chesaning is 18-4.
Genesee Christian 63, Madison Academy 23
Ava Boike scored 15, Hannah Dorow had 14, Grace Ballmer added 12 and Gwyn Boike pocketed 11 for Genesee Christian, who will face host Genesee in the Division 4 final at 7 p.m. Friday. Genesee Christian is 13-9 years old.
Hemlock 55, New Lothrop 23
Brooke Wenzlick had 10 points and eight rebounds to lead New Lothrop, who finished the season 11-11.
Byron 60, Bath 32
Makayla Clement scored 17 points and Sarah Marvin was 15 to lead Byron, bringing her record to 21-1 and facing Laingsburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday for the Division 3 championship in Dansville. Marvin also had 16 rebounds and eight assists, Clement had four interceptions and Byron had five rebounds each from Becky Marvin and Raegan Forgie. The Eagles led 35-11 at half time.
Chesaning 65, Madison Academy 45
Marvious Taylor scored 16 points to lead the Madison Academy.
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