1 Week To Go: GLB Girls Basketball Conference Races
We are down to the final week of the Girls Basketball season in the Great Lakes Bay Area. There’s still plenty to settle over the next 5 days and before the season starts anew in the MHSAA Tournament Districts next Monday. Let’s take a look at our area conference races, who’s already been crowned and what there’s still left to do in the other title chases.
Last Thursday was a wild one for the league. Harrison knocked off Clare, who was a game up on everyone. That was the gift Pinconning needed to pull into a first place tie with the Pioneers, whom they have beaten twice this year. Gladwin didn’t want to be part of that plan however and knocked off Pinconning. Here’s how it all shakes out with one Conference game remaining for the teams in contention.
If Clare defeats Farwell at home on Thursday night, they are the outright Champions. Pinconning, a game back, needs Clare to loss and to win at home against Shepherd on Thursday. Gladwin catapulted themselves into the race with their win over Pinny last week and are tied with the Spartans for 2nd. They also need a Clare loss on Thursday night and for themselves to take care of business but it won’t be easy. The Flying G’s hit the road against Beaverton.
With one conference game to go, Byron is 2 games in front of 2nd place Chesaning in the Mid-Michigan AC Standings. Both teams are solidified in their spots but the Eagles will be going for league perfection when they head to LakeVille on Friday Night.
Sacred Heart has wrapped up the Mid-State title and is shooting for a perfect 14-0 conference record when they head to Carson City-Crystal, who has 2nd place all wrapped up, on Thursday Night.
Midland Dow and Heritage both finished 7-1 in the conference, with Dow having the head-to-head edge over the Hawks by virtue of their buzzer-beating 39-36 back on February 7th. John Glenn and Midland High finished just a game behind with John Glenn owing the head to head match-up in their February 13th meeting. Midland Dow will face off against SVL South Champion, Carman-Ainsworth on Friday at Bay City Western High School for the overall SVL Title.
Conference is all done in the South as well and Carman-Ainsworth finished league play a perfect 8-0. Davison finished 2nd, 3 games back of the Cavs and Grand Blanc secured the third spot a game behind Davison. Carman-Ainsworth will square off for the overall SVL Championship against Midland Dow on Friday at 5:30PM at Bay City Western High School.
The season started with Tragedy for Freeland but the girls honored their late, beloved Coach Zolinski but bouncing back with 12 straight TVC East wins following their December 10th loss to Standish-Sterling. Frankenmuth had defeated SSC in December which created a tight three way race that went down to to the wire but in the end, the Falcons took care of business against Frankenmuth twice and Standish-Sterling in the January 28th rematch. SSC currently sits a game ahead of Frankenmuth for 2nd place in the East. Standish-Sterling finished the regular season on Friday at Bridgeport, Frankenmuth will host Alma.
The showdown we have been waiting for takes place on Tuesday Night in Hemlock, when the Ithaca Yellowjackets come to town. Both teams sit atop the TVC West Standings at 15-1. Hemlock defeated Ithaca in their first meeting, in Ithaca on January 21st. The winner of each game will still have a game to play in conference on Friday Night but for all intents and purposes, the West will be decided on Tuesday.
Nouvel CC is 3 games behind the conference front-runners and a game ahead of MLS in the Standings. The Panthers host St. Louis on Tuesday and travel to Carrollton on Friday. MLS is on the road for their final two regular season games, at St. Charles and then on to St. Louis on Friday Night.