Heading into the Michigan High School Athletic Association girls’ basketball state tournament, no local squads were recognized among the top 10 teams in the state polls.
But the four area teams that are still playing basketball — Marshall (Class B), Delton Kellogg (Class C), Athens and Climax-Scotts (Class D) — find themselves among the eight remaining teams in their respective divisions.
Those four schools will try to be among the Final Four at the Breslin Center, as each will be playing in quarterfinals across the state on Tuesday.
Delton Kellogg (21-4), making its first quarterfinal appearance after winning the program’s first regional title, will try to continue to make history when it faces fourth-ranked Saginaw Nouvel (23-2) in the Class C quarterfinal at Ithaca High School.
“(Saginaw Nouvel) has tons of playoff pedigree and are used to it. We’re kind of the newbies to the thing and our kids our embracing that,” said DK head coach Mike Mohn. “We might slip under people’s radar, and we’re fine with that. Our hope is to continue that.”
Marshall (21-4) is making its second straight Class B quarterfinal appearance, and the Redhawks will look to move past seventh-ranked Grand Rapids South Christian (23-1) in their quarterfinal at Wayland Union High School.
Athens (21-3) will try to get back to the Breslin Center after its Class D quarterfinal at Battle Creek Central, where the Indians will face Plymouth Christian (18-6). Athens finished last season as state runner-up.
Climax-Scotts (19-5) will also try to stay alive in the Class D state tournament, as the Panthers will face eighth-ranked Gaylord St. Mary (23-2) in the quarterfinal at Reed City High School. C-S is coming off its first regional title since 2003.