Hackett Catholic Prep won 49-43 against Niles Brandywine in Tuesday’s regional semifinal girls basketball contest from Schoolcraft. The Irish avenged one of their earlier losses as they eliminated the defending regional champ. HCP moves to their first regional final since 2004 against the hosting Eagles.
The Bobcats scored the opening bucket but only held a brief lead. After a 5-5 score, the Irish closed the first quarter with a 5-0 run. Hackett grew their lead up to 11 at halftime and saw it peak at 13 in the third quarter.
The undersized Brandywine team had trouble against Irish center Krystina Kasson, who controlled the post with 21 points and a handful of rebounds and blocks. However, the savvy senior group stayed in the fight, getting back within two early in the fourth quarter at 35-33.
They would get no closer as Hackett went on a 12-3 tear from there. The Bobcats clawed back within four in the final 15 seconds, but even with multiple timeouts remaining, it was too late. 43 points was Brandywine’s second lowest output this season, only behind their other loss to Gobles.
Zakiyyah Abdullah finished with a team-best 13 points for the Bobcats, followed by 11 from Alexis Rhodes. Brandywine finishes at 22-2 and graduates Abdullah, Rhodes, Megan Schmidt, Kennedy Byrd, and Bethany Duval. Over four years, that group went 82-13 with four district crowns and last year’s regional title.
Hackett improves to 20-4 and gets another shot at regional host Schoolcraft in Thursday’s championship. You can listen to the game live via JoeInsider.com with a 6 p.m. ET tip Thursday. The Eagles edged Gobles 42-41 in Tuesday’s second semifinal.
Schoolcraft defeated HCP in tight affairs this season, 29-26 in January and 41-32 in February. The Irish hope to take the next step, as the Eagles also stopped them in the 2017 and 2018 regional semifinals.
Hackett Catholic statistics
Krystina Kasson 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks
Emily Wheaton 11 points
Katey Reasoner 11 points, 5 rebounds
Megan Bowden 4 points
Maddie Coffman 2 points
Free Throws: 7-13
Three Pointers: 2
Zakiyyah Abdullah 13 points
Alexis Rhodes 11 points
Kennedy Byrd 7 points
Megan Schmidt 6 points
Malikiyyah Abdullah 6 points
Free Throws: 5-8
Three Pointers: 6