Buccaneers are Class A state champions

Grand Haven's varsity girls basketball team won its first-ever state championship on Saturday in the most thrilling game in the history of the program. The Buccaneers (27-1) battled back from 18 points down and scored the go-ahead basket with just six seconds remaining when senior point guard Shar'Rae Davis went coast-to-coast a layup and a 54-53 lead. Grosse Pointe South had one last chance to win the game, but the Bucs' Abby Cole got a hand on Cierra Rice's final effort and the Buccaneers stormed the floor in celebration.
Matt DeYoung
Mar 17, 2012


The 18-point comeback as the third-largest comeback in MHSAA state finals history. Detroit Cass Tech rallied from a 20-point deficit to win the title in 1987, and Farmington Our Lady Of Mercy came back from a 19-point deficit to win in 1982.

Davis, the Bucs' two-time all-stater, scored a game-high 19 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter alone. Her 3-pointer at the end of the third drew the Bucs to within striking distance at 44-32.

Cole added 18 points, including an 8-of-9 performance from the free throw line. She added eight rebounds and eight blocks.

Rice scored 14 points and Claire DeBoer added 13 for Grosse Pointe South (23-4).

Check the Grand Haven Tribune website often for more stories, photos and videos of the Bucs' state title.



Great going girls...winning the state title tonight. Hopefully it'll bring enough cheer to your classmates that it will get them home and healthy that much sooner!


Alright Bucco's!!


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