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District finals preview

Tribune Photo • Mar 8, 2019 at 12:10 AM

Western Michigan Christian vs. Kent City

Where: Ravenna High School

When: 7 p.m.

Records: WMC 17-3, Kent City 18-4

Last meeting: 2018 District finals. Kent City 56, WMC 39

Path: WMC enjoyed a bye through the first round before defeating Ravenna 50-28. Kent City blew past North Muskegon 66-25 in the opening round before waxing Holton in the semifinal 55-13. 

Trib Pick: Kent City

Kent City has been on a tear this season, setting flurry of shooting records along the way. The Eagles have already broken the state record for single-season 3-pointers made, eclipsing the 14-year-old mark of 267 set by Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central. They also broke their own state record for most 3-pointers made in a season with 25 against Holton in January. With that mark, the program holds the top three 3-point shooting performances in state history. The Warriors better hope for an off shooting night. Their dominance in the paint may not matchup otherwise. 

Fruitport vs. Oakridge

Where: Whitehall High School

When: 7 p.m.

Records: Fruitport 5-17, Oakridge 19-3

Last meeting: 2018 district opener. Oakridge 49, Fruitport 13

Path: Fruitport edged Montague 29-25in the opening round and sprinted past Orchard View 60-18 int he semifinals. Oakridge defeated rival Whitehall 50-42 in the opening round before outlasting Spring Lake 59-54 in the semifinals. 

Trib Pick: Oakridge 

Fruitport’s trip back to the district finals after a 12-year drought has been special, but the career of Sophia Ward has been prolific. Against Spring Lake on Wednesday, Ward put up 27 points despite immense defensive pressure by the Lakers. The Trojans like to hang their hat on defense, but it will take a perfect effort to slow down the Eagles’ leading scorer. 

Fruitport Calvary vs. Muskegon Catholic Central

Where: MCC High School

When: 7 p.m.

Records: FCC 17-5, MCC 7-13

Last meeting: 2018 district opener. FCC 48, MCC 39

Path: FCC took a forfeit by the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science in the first round before dismantling Muskegon Heights 75-12 in the semifinal. MCC enjoyed a bye through the first round before defeating Tri-Unity Christian 67-41 to claim their spot in the finals. 

Trib Pick: FCC

The Crusaders will certainly pose more of a challenge than Muskegon Heights, who FCC put in a 57-2 hole before halftime of their semifinal matchup. The Lakes Eight schedule is far and away stronger than the Alliance Conference, but the Eagles didn’t slack in their non-conference matchups. In the end, the scoring prowess of Kelsey Richards and the rebounding of Brionna Johnson will see the Eagles into the regional round. 

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