L'Anse Creuse North, Port Huron Northern girls hoops teams to meet in district final

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published March 6, 2019

The Macomb L'Anse Creuse North and Port Huron Northern girls basketball teams will battle in a Division 1 district final at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at L'Anse Creuse North after picking up district semifinal wins over Anchor Bay and Macomb Dakota.

L'Anse Creuse North 55, Anchor Bay 50

L'Anse Creuse North girls basketball team lost two regular season matchups against Anchor Bay but when the team's met in a March 6 Division 1 district semifinal it was a different story.

The Crusaders led much of the game on their way to a 55-51 triumph. L'Anse Creuse North with the win moves to 15-6. The Tars end the season at 14-7.

L'Anse Creuse North in the third quarter took control of what was a tight contest. The Crusaders in the third led by as much as 14 points. Anchor Bay, though, stormed back to cut the L'Anse Creuse North lead to 44-37 heading to the fourth quarter. A 3-pointer at the buzzer from Crusaders senior guard Lauren Peraino, who hit three 3-pointers in the game on her way to 10 points, gave the team that seven-point cushion heading into the final frame.

The Tars got as close as three points twice in the fourth quarter.

"We're up big late but we're running," L'Anse Creuse North coach Bob Johnston said. "They're young. It's constant growth. That's what it's been all season. They found a way to get it done."

Anchor Bay's last lead of the game was at 19-18 late in the first half.

Freshman guard Brooke Daniels led L'Anse Creuse North with 18 points, while her backcourt mate, freshman Jekiah Mack, scored 13 points. Mack hit a 3-pointer at the end of the first half to give the Crusaders a three-point lead heading into the locker room.

Anchor Bay sophomore Genevieve Decker led all scorers with 22 points.

Port Huron North 58, Dakota 50

The Port Huron Northern and Dakota girls basketball teams met for the third time this season in a March 6 Division 1 district semifinal and the Huskies took the rematch, 58-50.

Port Huron Northern (14-8) withstood numerous Cougars charges in the game. The Huskies pulled away after a lay up by Dakota sophomore guard Jaimee Moshenko cut the Northern lead to 50-48 with 1:47 left in the game. The Huskies closed on an 8-2 run. All of Northern's final eight points came from the foul line. The Huskies in the game went 17 of 29 on free throws. The Cougars went 3 of 8 on free throws.

Port Huron Northern led for much of the first half after Dakota jumped out to an early 9-4 edge. The Huskies led 12-9 after the first quarter and 25-22 at halftime.

The third quarter saw both teams make runs. The frame included three lead changes, and the game was tied 38-38 heading to the fourth quarter.

Northern held Dakota (12-9) off in the fourth and led by as much as eight.

"Port Huron Northern just made more plays than we did," Dakota coach Phil McCune said. "You have to give them credit."

Senior wing Sarah Wight led Northern with 17 points. Huskies senior forward Sydney Koppinger and sophomore guard Camille Keys netted 13 points and 10 points, respectively, in the win.

Dakota junior forward Cameron Grant led the team with 19 points, while sophomore guard Jaimee Moshenko chipped in with nine points.

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