Baraga, Stephenson to decide Division 4 region championship

Jason Juno/Ironwood Daily Globe photo BARAGA’S JAYLYNE LINDEMANN brings her arm down on Munising’s Megan Matson in the Division 4 regional Monday in Kingsford.

KINGSFORD — Baraga is a win away from its first girls basketball regional championship.

The Vikings (20-3) and Stephenson (12-9) will meet at 6 tonight for the Division 4 Region 25 championship at Kingsford High School. The winner faces unbeaten St. Ignace (24-0) or Mackinaw City (23-1) in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Marquette.

While Stephenson stopped Ewen-Trout Creek in one semifinal Monday, Baraga’s young seven-girl team overcame foul trouble to sink Munising 57-42 in the other.

“We had trouble keeping up with their quickness,” said Munising coach Matt Mattson. “We got them in foul trouble, but just couldn’t hit our free throws. They’re a good team. They’re also a very disciplined team. They’re a very quick defensive team.”

Sophomore Jaylyne Lindemann paced the Vikings with 20 points. Freshman Reid Osterman added 15.

“I had a lot of help from our guards and kept my head up,” Lindemann said. “I basically told myself to play smart. We have small numbers, but we watch each other’s back.”

Baraga has demonstrated balanced scoring all season, with players averaging from eight to 11 points a game.

“I think our pressure defense may have tired them out a little,” said Baraga Coach Tom Goudreau. “I think our girls did a real good job with it. They spread it out pretty well.”