Class D semifinals: Unbeaten Pittsford eliminates Lakes

David Goricki
The Detroit News

East Lansing — Maddie Clark proved to be unstoppable Thursday at Breslin Center, powering unbeaten Pittsford to a 57-26 victory over Waterford Lakes in the Class D semifinals.

Clark, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, had 26 points and 15 rebounds, including 10 offensive. She scored 12 in the opening quarter, shooting 6-for-7, to give Pittsford (26-0) a 16-5 lead.

She had three times as much points as Lakes when she scored 18 to open a 23-6 lead with just over two minutes left in the half.

Pittsford led 24-9 at halftime, and Clark had 18 points (9-for-13) and nine rebounds, including six offensive.

"I just had to play my game, go with it," said Clark, who averages 19.5 points. "I need to score, play defense and get big rebounds. I felt I had good position (to get rebounds) and focused on boxing out."

Lakes junior guard Megan Ross was impressed with Clark, saying: "She was a really good player, a great rebounder and she definitely made it hard on us."

Pittsford coach Chris Hodos says he told his players before the game he believed they could win by 25-30 points. It was Pittsford's first semifinal victory in history. Sophomore guard Jaycie Burger had 10 points and six assists.

Lakes (12-13) was limited to two baskets in the first half, turning the ball over 13 times. It shot 16.3 percent overall (7-for-43). Freshman guard Tiffany Senerius scored 10 for the Lakes, and junior guard Alex Troy had six points and 10 rebounds.

It was amazing Lakes had even reached the Final Four since it ended the regular season 7-12. It regrouped to even its record with a 39-36 quarterfinal victory over Kingston to reach Breslin.

"The experience is still great, it's great anytime you get the chance to get here," said coach Steve Robak, who guided Lakes to three consecutive state titles from 2010-12. "The fact is most schools would never get the opportunity we did and that's why I'm so happy they got this experience. It's something they'll all remember."

Pittsford continued to dominate early in the third, opening with a 6-0 run that included a pair of putback baskets from Clark for a 30-9 lead with 4:50 left in the quarter.

Hodos cleared his bench with just over three minutes left and a 50-20 lead.

Still, Lakes has hopes of coming back next year.

"We're bringing back all five of our starters so I think we can do really good things next year, now that we've gotten into our groove finally at the end of the season," Ross said.

St. Ignace 59, Frankfort 50: St. Ignace came back from a 13-point first-half deficit to defeat Frankfort and move on to Saturday morning's state championship game against unbeaten Pittsford.

Senior guard Margo Brown led the comeback, scoring 23 points, 20 coming in the second half. Junior Abbey Ostman scored 20, making 8-of-9 shots from the field.

Brown hit a 3-pointer to start the rally from a 22-9 second-quarter deficit. She made 7 of 9 3-point tries, including 6 of 7 during the second half for St. Ignace (21-5), which will attempt to win its second state title in three seasons. It lost to Saginaw Nouvel in last year's Class C title game.

Junior guard Mackenna Kelly scored 18 for Frankfort (24-2), 14 in the first half to help her team take a 28-20 halftime lead. She was limited to 1-of-8 shooting during the second half. Sophomore guard Cecelia Schmitt had 15 points.