After last season, Grand Ledge and Haslett were touted as great possibilities for 2013-14 girls basketball state titles in Class A and B, respectively.
But with the Vikings’ move up to Class A for this school year, only one of those schools will have a chance to continue its run toward a possible state championship after tonight.
The No. 4-ranked Comets (22-2) face No. 6 Haslett (23-1) at 7 p.m. today in a regional final at Ann Arbor Huron.
“We are very exited for this opportunity to play them,” Grand Ledge coach David Jones said. “They’re a great team.”
Grand Ledge lost only 43-35 to eventual state champion Grand Haven in a Class A quarterfinal last season, while Haslett lost just 49-42 in overtime to eventual Class B state champion Goodrich in a regional semifinal.
“This was the night we were done last year so it feels so good to be here,” Vikings coach Bob Currier said on Tuesday after his team’s 47-34 regional semifinal victory over Ann Arbor Huron. “But we realize we have a heck of a challenge on Thursday. We’ll be ready.”
The Comets advanced with a 56-44 win over Kalamazoo Central later on Tuesday night.
“You take a look at our season and their (Haslett’s) season, and I think they’re very similar,” Jones said. “We both lost our first game to good teams, and then we both go on to go undefeated in our conference, win our conferences and make this run to get to the regional.”
Eventual CAAC Red champion Haslett lost 57-44 on Dec. 6 to an Eaton Rapids team that is still alive in Class B, while CAAC Blue champion Grand Ledge lost 62-51 to DeWitt with Lindsay Orwat out of the lineup due to an injury. The Vikings haven’t lost since, and the Comets’ only other setback was 57-48 to No. 1-ranked Detroit King on Dec. 30 in Lindsay Orwat’s first game back from injury.
Both teams are undefeated so far in 2014.
“We’re excited. We have never played them,” Grand Ledge senior Lindsay Orwat said. “So it’s going to be a new team, and we’re going to bring a lot of energy.”
In other regional finals tonight involving area teams, Eaton Rapids (19-5) from the CAAC Gold will face Ionia (19-5) from the CAAC Red at 6 p.m. in Class B at Leslie, MSAC co-champion Carson City-Crystal (21-2) takes on TVC West champion St. Louis (19-4) at 7 p.m. in Class C at Ithaca, and Lansing Christian (10-10) will meet Camden-Frontier (12-4) at 7 p.m. in Class D at Morenci. Camden-Frontier is located near where southern Michigan meets Indiana and Ohio, and Morenci is further east on the Ohio border.