Back-to Back: Lady Elks repeat as conference champions

Tim Peterson

ELK RAPIDS — A nearly three decade drought of consecutive girls basketball conference championships ended on Thursday for the Lady Elks with a 56-49 win over Harbor Springs at home.

The Elks controlled their own destiny, needing to win a pair of conference home games last week against the two solid teams in the Lake Michigan Conference, St. Francis and Harbor Springs.

The Elks had no trouble with the Gladiators on Tuesday, Feb. 15, knocking them from the title chase with commanding 59-30 win. That left just the rejuvenated Rams in a game on Thursday, with the winner earning the LMC title. The game was a battle in the first half, and a late Rams’ run made the game closer, but this victory belonged to the Lady Elks.

The Elks fell behind by five midway through the first quarter. Struggling to score inside, the Elks began shooting threes, hitting four in the first quarter and taking the lead 14-12 after one. In the second quarter the lead changed hands or was a tied on nearly every possession for the first six minutes. The Rams then scored four straight for a 25-21 advantage, the biggest lead for either team in the quarter, with two minutes remaining until halftime. After a timeout, the Elks put together an 8-0 run, powered by two steals from Logan Reasoner that resulted in threes from Monika Gregorski and Reasoner, and a drive into the paint for two by Kendall Standfest. Harbor scored a final bucket at the buzzer, setting the score at 29-27 in favor of the Elks.

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