The Delton Kellogg girls’ basketball team earned its first victory in a regional in school history on Tuesday, holding off a talented Muskegon Western Michigan Christian team in a Class C regional semifinal at Springport High School.
The Panthers rallied and then held on for a 47-37 victory, advancing to Thursday’s regional final at 7 p.m. against Grandville Calvin Christian.
Delton Kellogg (20-4) got off to a slow start, trailing 12-5 after the opening quarter. But the Panthers went on a 13-2 run before halftime, and outscored Western Michigan Christian 29-23 in the second half.
“Just real nervous, goofy stuff. We only put in five and didn’t play our kind of basketball,” Delton Kellogg head coach Mike Mohn said of his team’s slow start. “Then (Western Michigan Christian) got into some foul trouble and we started pressing and turned it into some easy buckets.”
The Panthers were led by senior Brooke Martin with a game-high 19 points. Mallory Sewell also had a big night for Delton Kellogg, tallying 17 points.
“This is a different group, once they realized they belonged,” Mohn said. “Getting these kids to understand they are a pretty good basketball team when they are patient and pass the ball… It’s fun to watch when we play that kind of basketball.”
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Climax-Scotts 50, Hudsonville Freedom Christian 13: Climax-Scotts cruised to the Class D regional final at Hudsonville Freedom Christian with a blowout win over the host school.
The Panthers (18-5) advance to the regional final on Thursday, where they will take on Fulton-Middleton (13-8).
Climax-Scotts (18-5) made quick work of Freedom Christian (11-12), limiting them to four first-half points.
Fallon Froberg led Climax-Scotts’ balanced scoring attack with 12 points. Also for the Panthers, Destiny Froberg had 11 points and Janae Langs had nine points.
“I think they are peaking at the right time,” C-S head coach Dana Perrin said of her team. “I think Thursday night is going to be another tough match. Fulton took down (fourth-ranked) Portland St. Pat and Muskegon Catholic Central, so it will be a different style of ballgame than tonight. But I think we are up for the challenge.”