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District Finals Roundup: Lake City wins 22nd straight, beats Evart for D3 championship; Elk Rapids, Frankfort, Manton among area teams winning district titles Friday

Mar. 8—McBAIN — Lake City emerged victorious in a grudge match between the Trojans and Evart. With the win, Lake City claimed a Division 3 varsity girls basketball district championship Friday at McBain.

Lake City started the 2023-24 campaign at a surprising 0-2 after falling to Frankenmuth in the season opener and then dropping a 42-41 decision to Highland Conference foe Evart in the second game.

Since then, the Trojans have rattled off 22 straight wins, including Friday's 47-30 victory over the Wildcats in neutral territory. The two teams traded road victories in their regular-season series as Lake City avenged the early season loss with a 51-31 drubbing of Evart on Jan. 23 to even things at 1-1.

The 17-point win marks the Trojans' third straight district championship.

MacKenzie Bisballe did Mackenzie Bisballe things, strengthening her case for Record-Eagle Girls Basketball Player of the Year honors with 26 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Alie Bisballe fell one rebound short of also notching a double-double alongside her cousin, scoring 13 points and hauling in nine boards with four blocks and six assists. Also contributing for the Trojans were Payton Hogan and Baylie Eisenga with four points apiece.

Lake City, which is ranked third in D3 in the latest poll from the Michigan Associated Press, now moves on to the regional semifinals to do battle with Manton at McBain on Monday with a 7 p.m. tip-off.

The Trojans and Rangers are quite familiar with each other as they finished first and second, respectively, in the Highland this season. Lake City has the edge after knocking off Manton twice, 48-15 on Jan. 18 and 49-22 on Feb. 16.

DISTRICT FINALS

Petoskey 31

Kingsley 27

UP NEXT: Petoskey (13-10) wins a Division 2 district championship and moves on to play Negaunee in the regional semifinals at Manistique on Monday. The Stags end their season at 17-7.

Harbor Springs 47

Bark River-Harris 39

Harbor Springs: Olivia Flynn 26 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists; Stefi Reskevics 7 points, played great defense; Paige Keiser 2 points, 12 rebounds; Bryleigh Rummer played great defense on Bark River's best player, Lauren Zawada, holding her to 10 points.

UP NEXT: The Rams (22-2) win a Division 3 district championship and advance to the regional semifinals Monday against West Iron County at Escanaba.

Elk Rapids 68

Charlevoix 28

Elk Rapids: Rhielynn Skrocki 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks; Kendall Standfest 15 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks; Morgan Bergquist 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks; Ally Plum 4 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists.

UP NEXT: The Elks (22-2) win a Division 3 district championship and move on to face Roscommon in the regional semifinals at Mancelona on Monday. The Rayders end their season at 14-10.

Manton 39

Mason Co. Central 28

Manton: Lauren Wilder 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals; Aubrey Hiller 15 points, 3 steals; Rylyn Wilder 5 points, 6 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Rangers (19-5) win a Division 3 district championship and advance to the regional semifinals against Lake City at McBain on Monday.

Inland Lakes 46

Onaway 38

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs (18-6) win a Division 4 district championship and advance to the regional semifinals Monday against St. Igance at Harbor Light.

Frankfort 53

Onekama 47

Frankfort: Evelyn VanTol 19 points, 11 rebounds; Kylee Harris 15 points; Savin Anhalt 9 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists; Addie Chownyk 9 points, 13 rebounds.

Onekama: Ava Mauntler 21 points; Delaney McCarthy 15 points.

UP NEXT: The Panthers (19-5) win a Division 4 district championship and move on to the regional semifinals against Glen Lake at Kalkaska on Monday. The Portagers end their season at 14-9.

Gaylord SM 41

Bellaire 25

Gaylord St. Mary: Payton Glasby 14 points; Emery Blust 10 points; Miriam Murrell 8 points.

Bellaire: Abi Yuhaus 8 points, 6 rebounds; Genevieve Massey 6 points, 3 rebounds; Alex Dawson 4 points, 5 steals.

UP NEXT: The Snowbirds (16-8) win a Division 4 district championship and advance to the regional semifinals Monday against Mio at Kalkaska. The Eagles end their season at 12-12.

Brethren 48

Manistee CC 36

Brethren: Head coach Julie Riggs said she was "still dancing on the moon" hours after the win. Elly Sexton 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals; Alice Amstutz 10 points, 2 rebounds; Stella Estes 6 points, 9 rebounds, 7 steals, 4 blocks; Paige Gutowski 2 points, 1 block, 1 steal; Grace Kidd 8 points, 5 assists, 4 steals; Olivia Sexton 3 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists; Maddy Biller 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Natalie Meyers 1 steal.

Manistee Catholic Central: Regan Leiffers 16 points, 6 rebounds; Rianna Leiffers 6 points, 6 assists, 2 steals; Maddie Gunia 6 points, 4 rebounds; Brenna Johnson 6 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals.

UP NEXT: The Bobcats (19-5) win a Division 4 district championship — their first championship since 1983 — and will play the host Irish at Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in the regional semifinals Monday. The Sabers end their season at 15-9.