Kalamazoo Christian downed rival Hackett Catholic Prep 44-23 in Wednesday’s District 79 semifinal, setting up a district final showdown Friday against unbeaten Gobles, who handled Bloomingdale 46-21.
The Comet win avenges their season-ending defeats to the Irish in the prior two postseasons. It was all K-Christian initially, opening with a 12-2 score by the end of the first quarter. Hackett played them evenly in the second quarter, but a 12-2 Comet run to start the third helped put the game out of reach.
Both Elise VanSparrentak and Avery Ekkens had 12 points for Kalamazoo Christian. The Irish were led by Bianca Cronen, who scored all nine of her team-high points in the third quarter.
Hackett finishes at 9-11 and graduates seniors Molly Harding, Emily Stull, Natalie Toweson, and Grace Gordon.
K-Christian improves to 14-6 and meets Gobles in Friday’s district final at 6 p.m. ET from Bloomingdale. If the Comets knock off the unbeaten Tigers, it would be their first district title since 2011.
Kalamazoo Christian Scoring: Elise VanSparrentak 12, Avery Ekkens 12, Audrey Batts 9, Sydney Duong 4, Sarah Wenke 4, Nyla de Jong 2, Carley Broekhuizen 1
Hackett Catholic Scoring: Bianca Cronen 9, Krystina Kasson 7, Grace Gordon 3, Natalie Toweson 2, Katey Reasoner 2
Gobles handled district host Bloomingdale 46-21 in the nightcap, moving the Tigers to 22-0 on the season. Gobles began the game with a 10-2 run, then shutout the Cardinals in the second quarter for a 23-6 halftime advantage. Bloomingdale briefly made it back within 13, but no closer.
The Cardinals finish the year at 16-5, far improved from their four-win campaign last season. They graduate seniors Nelly Gonzalez, Liza Hutchins, Abby Cripps, and Angel Murray.
The unbeaten Tigers will look for their first district title since 2015 with Friday’s district final at 6 p.m. against Kalamazoo Christian.
Gobles Scoring: Kylee Mandigo 12, Christiana Hunt 10, Maddy Tiller 9, Libbee Nason 7, Emily Lopez 4, Devon Thompson 3, Tatum Miller 1
Bloomingdale Scoring: Kallie Harrison 7, Liza Hutchins 6, Olaisa Moss 2, Emma Allison 2, Katrise Hudson 2, Bailey Robinson 2