Listen live online Thursday evening via JoeInsider.com as Schoolcraft (21-2) hosts Hackett Catholic Prep (20-4) in a girls basketball regional championship game at 6 p.m. ET.
It’s the third meeting this season between the top two teams from the SAC Valley Division. The Eagles took the division crown at 11-1, followed by the Irish at 10-2. Schoolcraft won both divisional meetings though, 41-32 at Schoolcraft in February and 29-26 in Kalamazoo in January.
Hackett upended defending regional champion Brandywine 49-43 in Tuesday’s semifinal and the Eagles edged Gobles 42-41. HCP’s other playoff wins came against Potterville (41-36), Delton Kellogg (42-22), and Kalamazoo Christian (44-27). Schoolcraft defeated Marcellus (57-8) and Centreville (38-31).
The rivalry has belonged to the Eagles in girls basketball recently with seven consecutive wins. In that streak were regional semifinal wins in 2017 (51-24) and 2018 (47-36). The last win for the Irish came on February 21, 2017 (51-38).
You can listen to Thursday’s regional championship with tip listed at 6 p.m. ET from Schoolcraft. The winner faces either defending state-champ Pewamo-Westphalia or Ithaca in Tuesday’s quarterfinal at Portage Northern.