Girls basketball: West Iron faces Hematites in regional semifinal
Forest Park squares off against Bark River in Class D regional semis
West Iron County’s girls basketball district champions take another step Tuesday in the state tournament.
The Wykons (18-4) and Ishpeming (19-3) meet in a Class C Region 24 opener at 5:30 p.m. EST Tuesday at Escanaba. The other regional semifinal pits St. Ignace (21-1) and Houghton (15-7).
In Class D Region 32 at Kingsford, Forest Park (13-9) and Skyline Central Conference foe Bark River-Harris (17-5) will tangle at 5 p.m. Munising (22-1) and Chassell (22-1) will meet in the second semifinal at 6:45 p.m.
The young Wykons, with three sophomores in the starting lineup, will face the Hematites with five seniors playing regularly.
“They know how to take care of the basketball, so they don’t turn it over often,” said WIC coach Eric Shamion. “They are all capable three-point shooters, so they always look for the open girl. We’ve got our work cut out for us on the defensive end.”
Sophomore Eden Golliher, an All-West PAC first-team pick, and junior Colbi Laturi each scored 13 points to lead the Wykons past Iron Mountain 56-47 in the district finals.
Guard Madigan Johns scored 20 points to spark Ishpeming past Westwood 59-52 for the district crown.
“Ryan Reichel is a very good coach,” Shamion said of his Ishpeming counterpart. “He’ll have his team ready but so will we. Should be a great game.”
Hematites’ Mariah Austin added 16 points and Chloe Sjoholm had 11 in the district final.
“When you’ve got five seniors starting, you’ve invested a lot with them,” said Reichel. “It feels good to be on the winning side of this hoisting the trophy in your own gym.”
In the other half of the Class C regional, Houghton turned back L’Anse 46-31 for a fourth straight district title. St. Ignace, regarded as one of the best teams in the state regardless of class, ousted Indian River Inland Lakes 75-10 in the district finals.
Class C Region 24 champion heads to Gaylord on March 13 for the quarterfinals.
In the Class D regional, Forest Park and Bark River split during the regular season.
“B a r k R i v e r i s a s t r o n g t e a m w i t h s o m e v e r y t a l e n t e d p l a y e r s ,” said Lady Trojans coach Jackie Giuliani. “