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Girls Basketball District Roundup: Harbor Springs move onto district championship for second straight season; 15 area teams punch their ticket for district title

Mar. 6—HARBOR SPRINGS — Harbor Springs girls basketball already exceeded Rams head coach Amy Flynn's expectations with just returning to the district championship for the second straight season.

With just nine players — three bumped up from junior varsity — the seventh-ranked Rams (21-2) continue their unprecedented season with a 66-56 win over Menominee in the Division 3 district semifinals, with junior Olivia Flynn leading with 32 points.

"I don't have words because this is a team of six girls, and if you tell me at the beginning of the season that we were going to be in the district championship on Friday, I would've said no way," Amy said. "They have not only my exceeded my expectations, but the town, school and community."

Before the Rams started district play, they'd surpassed everything Amy Flynn could ask of them with limited players. The Rams enter the district championship riding a 17-game winning streak — with their last setback Jan. 9 against St Ignace.

Amy Flynn noted if it doesn't go their way in the district championship game against Bark River-Harris (21-2) Friday at home, this season will still be an impressive feat.

"It doesn't matter how many girls are on the team, it's the heart and how many girls are going to play together to have the heart and will to want to do it for each other," Amy Flynn said. "It's special."

The Rams and Maroons traded leads in the first quarter, with the Rams ending the quarter ahead 17-15. Olivia Flynn, already Harbor Springs' all-time leading scorer, added to her total by scoring 13 of the Rams 17 points. The Rams didn't give up a lead in the second quarter and led by as much as 37-26.

The Rams continued to rack up points on the scoreboard in the third quarter to end the quarter with a 48-35 lead after leading by as much as 19 midway through the quarter.

The Maroons cut the deficit to 59-49 with under four minutes to play, but the Rams stayed the course on defense to walk away victorious.

"We just told them to do what comes naturally and have fun. Let the game come to them," Amy Flynn said. "We reminded them that we were the team that's ahead, so just slow it down and compose ourselves and go back to doing what was working in the first half."

The Rams received contributions from freshman Stefi Reskevics with 10 points, followed by sophomores Sophie Barnadyn and Brayleigh Rummer with eight points each. Senior Paige Keiser finished with six points, and sophomore Marlie Richardson two.

"What's great about Stefi is she is in cross country, so she could keep up with Olivia," Amy said.

The Rams are seeking their first Division 3 district title since 2015. Last season, the Rams lost in the district championship against Elk Rapids.

GIRLS HOOPS DISTRICTS

Lake Leelanau SM 54

GT Academy 23

Lake Leelanau St. Mary: Delana Kirt 14 points, 10 rebounds; Cathryn Mikowski 7 points; Leah Fleis 6 points, 9 rebounds.

Grand Traverse Academy: Brea Graczyk 5 points, 9 rebounds; Meg Pavowski 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks; Cassidy Weber 4 points, 3 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Eagles (16-2) face Glen Lake in the Division 4 district championship at Leland on Friday. The Mustangs end their season 9-11.

Glen Lake 43

Leland 34

Glen Lake: Jessie Pugh 16 points, 7 rebounds; Eleanor Valkner 13 points, 18 rebounds, 5 blocks; Lydia Fosmore 11 points, 9 rebounds; Ava Raymond 7 assists.

Leland: Mallory Lowe 19 points, 5 rebounds; Lorna Wisen 7 points, 6 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Lakers (15-7) face Lake Leelanau St. Mary in the Division 4 district championship on Friday at Leland. The Comets conclude their season 11-13.

Elk Rapids 46

East Jordan 34

Elk Rapids: Kendall Standfest 16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists; Morgan Bergquist 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists; Hunter Schellenbarger 7 points; Ally Plum 5 points, 8 rebounds; Rhielynn Skrocki 2 points, 7 assists.

UP NEXT: The Elks (21-2) face Charlevoix in the Division 3 district championship at Johannesburg-Lewiston on Friday. The Red Devils conclude their season at 12-12.

Manton 60

Manistee 51

Manton: Lauren Wilder 33 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals; Aubrey Hiller 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals; Angela Porter 6 rebounds.

Manistee: Jayna Edmondson 21 points; Libby McCarthy 10 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists; Brooke Jankwietz 7 points, 6 rebounds; Grace Whitmer 6 points, 5 rebounds; Alayna Edmondson 5 points; Avamae Fett 5 rebounds, 2 steals.

UP NEXT: The Rangers (18-5) host Mason County Central in the Division 3 district championship on Friday. The Mariners conclude their season at 11-13.

Lake City 43

McBain 34

Lake City: MacKenzie Bisballe 17 points; Payton Hogan 12 points; Alie Bisballe 6 points, 18 rebounds, 6 assists; Baylie Eisenga 6 points, 5 assists.

UP NEXT: The Trojans (21-2) battle Evart in the Division 3 district championship at McBain on Friday. The Ramblers end their season 12-11.

Onekama 79

Buckley 45

Onekama: Callie Sinke 18 points; Ava Mauntler 18 points; Heather Zielinski 16 points.

Buckley: Kayla Milarch 22 points; Mikayla Kulawiak 9 points.

UP NEXT: The Portagers (14-8) face Frankfort for a Division 4 district finals at Mesick on Friday. The Bears conclude their season 9-15.

Bellaire 69

Alba 10

Bellaire: Alex Dawson 12 points, 8 rebounds; Tatum Molski 8 Points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals; Brooklyn Fischer 10 points, 5 rebounds; Brooklynn Stevens 10 points, 4 assists.

UP NEXT: The Eagles (12-11) take on Gaylord St. Mary in the Division 4 district finals at host on Friday. The Wildcats conclude their season 1-10.

Charlevoix 29

Joburg 27

Charlevoix: Bayanis Collins 11 points, 5 rebounds; Ava Boss 6 points, 4 rebounds; Abbey Wright 4 points, 10 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Rayders (13-9) face Elk Rapids in the Division 3 district championship at Johannesburg-Lewiston on Friday. The Cardinals conclude their season 17-6.

Manistee CC 25

Pentwater 14

Manistee Catholic Central: Elizabeth Logan 7 points, 2 assists, 3 blocks, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Reagan Leiffers 7 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block; Rianna Leiffers 5 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, 9 steals; Brenna Johnson 8 rebounds, 3 steals.

UP NEXT: The Sabres (15-8) take on Brethren in the Division 4 district championship at Mason County Eastern on Friday.

Brethren 55

Mason Co. Eastern 16

Brethren: Elly Sexton 14 points, 16 rebounds, 1 assist 2 steal, 1 block; Grace Kidd 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 steals; Olivia Sexton 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals; Maddy Biller 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist; Stella Estes 5 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 5 blocks.

UP NEXT: The Bobcats (18-5) face Manistee Catholic Central in the Division 4 district championship at Mason County Eastern on Friday.

Petoskey 48

Boyne City 24

UP NEXT: Petoskey (12-10) host Kingsley in the Division 2 district championship on Friday.

Alpena 46

Gaylord 31

UP NEXT: The Blue Devils conclude their season at 9-13.

Midland Dow 57

Cadillac 48

UP NEXT: The Vikings conclude their season at 14-10.

Kingsley 54

Cheboygan 26

UP NEXT: The Stags (17-6) face Petoskey in the Division 2 district championship at host on Friday.

Frankfort 46

Forest Area 13

UP NEXT: The Panthers (18-5) face Buckley in the Division 4 district championship at Mesick on Friday. The Warriors end their season 2-20.

Inland Lakes 36

Burt Lake NMC 33

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs (17-6) face Onaway in the Division 4 district championship on Friday at Onaway.

Gaylord SM 52

Central Lake 24

UP NEXT: The Snowbirds (15-8) host Bellaire for a Division 4 district championship on Friday. The Trojans conclude their season 6-17.

MC Central 50

Benzie Central 30

UP NEXT: The Huskies end their season 11-11

Mount Pleasant SH 45

McBain NMC 18

UP NEXT: The Comets conclude their season at 4-19.

Mackinaw City 51

Harbor Light 17

UP NEXT: Harbor Light concludes its season at 10-13.