The turning point of Grand Ledge's girls basketball season may have also been its lowest point.
Grand Ledge, which had lost to conference rival and state-ranked East Lansing by more than 20 points earlier in the year, had the Trojans on the ropes during their second meeting on Feb. 19.
The Comets led by two points with just seconds to play, only to see the Trojans' Taylor Gordon splash in a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to give East Lansing a 43-42 win.
That loss broke the hearts of the Comets, but it also hardened their resolve and made them realize that they can play with anyone.
Grand Ledge proved that on March 1, when the Comets repaid the favor and beat favored East Lansing on a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to stun the Trojans — and the girls basketball community around the state.
"We have East Lansing in our conference, so we play them twice a year during the regular season," said Grand Ledge coach Dave Jones. "The first time we played them, we got beat pretty good. The second time, we were pretty healthy and we led the whole game until the final seconds, when one of their players hit a 3-pointer and they won by one.
"Since that moment, we knew we could close the gap, and if we got another opportunity to play them, we could give them a really good game."
Grand Ledge proved it could do more than that with its district championship game victory, and has not let its foot off the gas since. The Comets beat a very good Wyoming team by 20 points in the regional semifinals, then came back from an early deficit to beat Mattawan in the regional finals.
Next up for Grand Ledge is perhaps its tallest task yet — the undefeated and defending state champion Buccaneers of Grand Haven.
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