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Hart, Montague end remarkable seasons in respective district championships

First and second place West Michigan Conference finishers fall in playoffs

The top two West Michigan Conference girls basketball teams participated in their respective district championships on Friday night.

Hart traveled to Holton High School to take on Western Michigan Christian in the Division 3, District 73 championship. Montague faced off against Spring Lake in the Division 2 District 41 finals at Oakridge High School.

Hart, who finished first in the West Michigan Conference, fell to Western Michigan Christian 61-47. West Michigan Conference runner-up, Montague, also suffered a 44-32 loss to Spring Lake.

Stat leaders and more detailed game info can be found below:

WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN 61, HART 47: After jumping out to an 18-13 lead after the first quarter, the Hart Pirates gained some momentum and entered halftime with a 6-point advantage over the WMC Warriors. In the opening minutes of the second half, the Warriors caught fire and strung together several transition buckets to gain the lead. Down the stretch, the Pirates found themselves in some foul trouble that led to the Warriors overall victory.

WMC leaders:

Kyla Wiersema 25 points

Maddie Wiersema 13 points

Ashley Folkema 13 points

Hart leaders:

Abby Hicks 17 points

Aspen Boutell 15 points

Addi Hovey 15 points

Records:

Western Mich. Christian 17-4 overall

Hart 17-4 overall

Next game:

Western Mich. Christian vs. Kent City – 5:30 p.m. March 8 – NorthPoine Christian H.S. – Regional Semifinal

SPRING LAKE 44, MONTAGUE 32: In a back and forth first half, the Spring Lake Lakers held the lead over Montague 18-17 at the break. A strong second half for the Lakers allowed them to pull away for the championship victory. 21 points converted from 24 turnovers was the downfall for the Wildcats. Despite the season-ending loss, Montague coach Nick Thaler remains optimistic about the future as he returns six players for next years squad.

Montague leaders:

Claire Meacham 11 points, 9 rebounds

Kendall Osborne 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Emma Peterson 3 points, 2 rebounds

Records:

Spring Lake 14-8 overall

Montague 15-4 overall

Next game:

Spring Lake vs. Newaygo – 5:30 p.m. March 8 – Orchard View H.S. – Regional Semifinal

Media Specialist for CatchMark Technologies and CatchMark SportsNet.

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