Two of the top Class A teams in the area squared off in the MHSAA girls basketball district finals last Friday night, March 5, in Greenville. This game promised to be an exciting contest and was a rematch of last year’s district finals match-up.
Both Rockford and Northview jumped out to a fast and furious start, each trying to stake their claim and set the tone in this all-or-nothing championship game. In the end, the Lady Rams came out victorious with a 50-40 win. After four hard-fought quarters of outstanding basketball, the Rockford Rams hoisted the district championship trophy.
This game featured a strong Ram team defensive effort and a balanced scoring attack. Rockford was led in points by sophomore Kimberly Weston’s 15, followed by senior Megan Kelly (14), senior Al Huyser (11), and sophomore Halle Peterson (6). Huyser also led all players with 11 total rebounds.
“I’m so happy for the these seniors,” said Head Coach Jessica Yonkers. “They’ve worked so hard for so long.”
Rockford’s game plan included shutting down Northview’s two leading scorers, senior guard Danielle Kaputska and Katelyn Joyce. Constant pressure defense and allowing very few open-look three-point opportunities for the Wildcats was key to the Rams’ win.
The Rams’ victory puts them into state regional competition beginning Tuesday, March 9 and concluding Thursday, March 11 at Cedar Springs High School. Joining the Rams will be OK Red teams West Ottawa and Grand Haven, along with the Marquette Redettes. The winner will advance to the state quarterfinals next week.