The bags are packed, and the Son of Swami is ready to go to spend the first of two weeks in lovely East Lansing.
This week, it will be the girls basketball semifinals and finals at the Breslin Center, and it all begins with the Class C and Class D semifinals Thursday.
SOS can’t wait to get these out of the way — especially after the way they treated the All-Knowing One on quarterfinal night.
SOS was only 2-2 in Class C and Class D, after a combined 7-1 performance in Class A and Class B. Clearly, the Class C and Class D schools don’t understand that SOS’s predictions are supposed to be a prophecy and not a guess.
SOS promises to be more accurate the rest of the weekend, as long as the schools show a little cooperation.
DeWitt (24-1) vs. Saginaw Heritage (22-3), 1 p.m. Friday. If DeWhat, er, DeWitt plans on winning, it will have to do so from the perimeter, because the paint area is Heritage’s version of the “no-fly zone.” DeWitt’s Abby Nakfoor and Claudia Reid need to hit shots. DeWhat 55, Heritage Hospital 54.
Detroit King (24-1) vs. Birmingham Marian (24-1), 2:50 Friday. It has been three weeks since Marian beat King, 50-49, in the Operation Friendship game. No team has challenged Marian like King, and vice versa. Marian will have to handle King’s press, and King will have to handle Marian’s half-court defense. Maid Marian 59, King of Wishful Thinking 58 (OT).
Benton Harbor (20-5) vs. Haslett (21-5), 6 Friday. Benton Harbor will have the two best players on the floor in Kalabrya and Kysre Gondrezick, but Haslett has Makenna Ott and her buddies, who play terrific defense. Has Less 60, Pearl Harbor 59.
Birmingham Detroit Country Day (20-4) vs. Goodrich (25-1), 7:50 Friday. This could be a classic! Country Day standout Destiny Pitts pitted against Miss Basketball Tania Davis. The one that wins will be the one who gets a teammate to step up in a big way. Goodyear 50, Country Dog 48.
Calumet (22-2) vs. Laingsburg (26-0), 1 p.m. today. Have we ever had a 0-0 score after four quarters? It could happen here … well, maybe not, but both of these teams play tremendous defense, and whoever scores will have to work for their points. Nothing will come easy. Lamesburg 37, Calamine Lotion 36.
Ypsilanti Arbor Prep (22-3) vs. Flint Hamady (25-1), 2:50 today. SOS has had Arbor Prep No. 1 all season, and Nastassja Chambers is a talented junior, but Hamady has a terrific junior of its own in Jalisha Terry. Hamady has the tournament pedigree, but Arbor Prep is ready for this. Arbor Drugs 52, Ham & Eggs 50.
Pittsford (25-0) vs. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (12-12), 6 today. Cinderella’s glass slipper is in danger of shattering for Lakes when it faces unbeaten Pittsford with Maddie Clark and Jaycie Burger. Lakes has had an incredible run, but SOS recommends not falling behind by double digits again. Pitt Stop 53, Waterford Our Gal 49.
Frankfort (24-1) vs. St. Ignace (20-5), 7:50 today. Is there an MHSAA rule that states that St. Ignace must be in the final four every year? Abby Ostman and “Downtown” Margo Brown will have to deal with Frankfort’s pressure defense and scoring from Mackenna Kelly and Cece Schmitt. Franks & Beans 62, St. Clement 60.