Flint Hamady girls hoops team comes up short in state title game - WNEM TV 5

Flint Hamady girls hoops team comes up short in state title game

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  EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Calumet lived at the three point line, knocking down seven deep balls to defeat Flint Hamady, 57-49, in the Class C Michigan girls basketball championship on Saturday.
   Alexis Rowe finished with a team-high 22 points, including a 4-of-7 mark from beyond the arc.
   Clara Loukus, who finished with 10 points, hit a critical three to go up eight with less than five minutes to play.  Ellen Twardzik chipped in eight points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.
   Jalisha Terry led the way from the Hawks with a game-high 26 points. She sank her first five shots from the field and barely slowed down from there, 9-of-21 from the field. Aaliah Hill added 9 points and 12 rebounds.
   With Calumet's win and St. Ignace's upset if Pittsford earlier in the day, it marked the first time in Michigan high school basketball history that two Upper Peninsula teams took home state titles in the same year.
   Terry helped the Hawks off to a fast start, including a lucky three from the corner in the opening minutes of the game that grazed off the corner of the backboard and somehow went in. She accounted for 53 percent of Hamady's points and of the team's field goal makes. But with the rest of the Hamady offense struggling, Calumet slowly climbed back into the game, relying on hot three-point shooting.
   The Copper Kings shot just 29.8 percent from the field and hit just seven two-point attempts. But a 36.8-percent mark from three-point range and allowed them to build a five-point lead in the third quarter.

   Terry did her best to get the Hawks back into the game. Late in the third quarter, she recorded a steal, a breakaway layup and a fast break bucket within the span of 15 seconds - but the fourth quarter belonged to the Copper Kings. Calumet outscored Hamady 20-13 in the final stanza, and the sizable contingent of Copper King fans who made the 8.5-hour trek to Lansing celebrated.

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