Haslett met eventual state champion Goodrich in the Class B regional seminal last season and lost in overtime.
On Tuesday, the result was different. MacKenzie DeCooke scored 20 points, including five 3-pointers, as Haslett, now Class A, defeated the Martians, 70-60.
“It’s a huge win for us, we just beat the No. 1 team in Class B,” Haslett coach Bob Currier said. “It wasn’t just a good night for one player, it was a good team night.”
DeCooke, Sarah Trosko and MaKenna Ott each hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter as the Vikings took a 10-point lead.
Goodrich mounted an 11-2 run to cut a 15-point deficit to six points with just under three minutes to play. But Haslett held on, in part, due to four free throws from DeCooke in the final 20 seconds.
“I came out and hit the first shot of the game, and from there I was just feeling the energy the whole time,” DeCooke said. “It was a great feeling to win, especially after last year.”
In addition to DeCooke’s 20 points, Ott added 16 points, Trosko totaled 14 points and Karson Tripp finished with 11.
Haslett is ranked 13th in the Associated Press poll and fifth byn the Detroit Free Press in Class A.
“They just outright beat us tonight, and they deserved to win,” Goodrich coach Hason Gray said. “They just outright beat us tonight, and they deserved to win.”
“We did get some good transition baskets today, but we’re not surprising anybody when that happens. When we set things up and executed them properly, we were successful.”
Goodrich junior Isabella O’Brien scored 12 first-half points to cut a Vikings’ lead to four points, 34-30, at the half.
The Vikings’ outside shooting helped to give them a more decisive lead in the second quarter, as they led by nine points before Goodrich junior Isabella O’Brien scored five of her 12 first-half points under the basket to cut the Viking lead to four points, 34-30, at the half.
In the third quarter, Haslett adjusted their defense to focus on O’Brien under the basket, and held her scoreless through the second half.
“We changed the way that we were running zone and we had our baseline girls just staying right on her, and it made a big difference in the paint,” Currier said.
Despite the statement win over the Martians, Currier’s focus is on his team’s upcoming area games.
“There are a number of great teams in our area, and we’re happy to be thought of as one of them, but there is still a lot to prove,” Currier said.