South Christian Girls Basketball Finishes Season As Class B State Runners-Up
South Christian brought a 26-0 record into the state championship game.
They ended the season one game shy of perfection.
South Christian advanced to the state final after a 52-47 win over Midland Bullock Creek on Friday night at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.
Saturday's state championship matchup found South Christian battling Eaton Rapids.
Eaton Rapids was unranked heading into the postseason, but the inside play of Allie Dittmer helped lead them to the state title as they earned a 51 - 38 victory over South Christian.
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"We tried our best to stop her," said South Christian coach Jim De Bruyn, "but she was just a horse in there."
Dittmer dominated the interior, scoring 26 points on 9 of 15 shooting and grabbing 13 rebounds to lead unheralded Eaton Rapids to its first-ever MHSAA girls basketball title in a convincing 51-38 upset of South Christian in Saturday's finale at the Breslin Center.
South Christian 5-11 senior Renee Broekhuizen, who battled Dittmer inside all night, was the lone Sailors player in double figures, with 13 points. Broekhuizen buried back-to-back 3-pointers to pull her team to within 37-33 with 5:15 remaining in the game, but the Sailors were outscored 14-5 the rest of the way.
South Christian advanced to the semifinals last year. They were also runners-up in 1980 and Class B champions in 1988.
Congrats to South Christian on a fantastic season!