Predict Division 4 Women’s District Tournament


It’s playoff time for women’s basketball in Michigan State. Onekama, Bear Lake, Frankfort, Manistee Catholic Central, and Brethren are all combined into a single district held at Brethren High School.

The neighborhood offers plenty of drama and intrigue for a neighborhood tournament. With the five teams drawn from two conferences, neither team will have much to hide in this week’s calamity.

Before diving into my predictions, let me say the following:

• I have no ill intentions towards any team in this district. As a former high school athlete and coach, I understand what this tournament means to the student athletes, coaches, administrations and communities who take great pride in their high school sports teams.

• This column is meant to predict what I think will happen, not to disrespect or act maliciously towards any city, school or individual. I will be more than happy to speak politely and respectfully with anyone regarding this opinion piece at [email protected] or 231-398-3108.

The brothers’ Alice Amstutz stops on a dime in transition.

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Here are my predictions for how this neighborhood will go:

District Quarterfinals
MCC vs. Bear Lake
Dated: February 28
Time: 7 p.m.

Previous meetings:
February 5: MCC 40 Bear Lake 24
February 10: MCC 34 Bear Lake 13

To analyse: The Sabers enter the districts with the best district record after winning the West Michigan D League title. Bear Lake is a young, scrappy team that not only plays for each other, but also for Kalissa Swanson senior and foreign students Conzuelo Magana Garcia and Dafne Yanez Chavez.

The Sabers advance, but the Lakers fight for 32 minutes.

Final: CMC 37 Bear Lake 23

Regional semi-finals

Game 1

Frankfurt vs. Onekama

Dated: Wednesday March 2
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Previous meetings:
February 14: Frankfurt 54 Onekama 25
February 25: Final score not available by Friday print deadline

To analyse: Panthers and Portagers colliding in districts are as common as snow falling in winter. Onekama won’t give Frankfort anything easy, but the Panthers retire late, advancing to the district title game.

Final: Frankfurt 49 Onekama 40

Game 2

MCC vs Brothers

Dated: Wednesday March 2
Time: 7:00 p.m. / conclusion of Franklin against Onekama
Previous meetings:
December 3, 2021: MCC 36 Brothers 32
February 19: MCC 47 Brothers 35

To analyse: This is the most difficult match to predict so far.

Manistee Catholic Central has nothing but confidence when entering the districts. Brethren is 100% confident of making a deep playoff run.

This will be a game where every possession has a purpose in the writing of this game’s narrative, as the third round between two conference opponents is set to be in Wednesday’s main event.

Both teams are capable of not only winning a district title, but also meeting in a regional final game. Unfortunately, only one team can advance, and while it’s tough to beat a team three times in a season, MCC finds a way to do it in an instant classic.

Final: MCC 31 Brothers 30 in overtime

District Finals

Frankfurt vs. MCC

Dated: Friday March 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Previous meetings:
No meetings in 2021-22

To analyse: The first three games in this district were second or third meetings between the teams. This will be the first meeting between the Sabers and the Panthers since March 2, 2020, a 57-33 victory for Frankfort in a game for the district title. MCC will have to find a way to refocus after winning an emotional thriller two days earlier, especially against a Frankfurt program that has won seven district titles in the past nine seasons.

While it won’t match the emotional intensity of the MCC match against Brethren two nights earlier, it will be a fast-paced match with plenty of action. Once again, only one team wins and the Panthers claim their eighth district title in 10 years.

Final: Frankfurt 57 MCC 51


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