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D2 SEMIS: Detroit Edison rolls past Haslett in semifinals, setting up chance at a three-peat Saturday

D2 SEMIS: Detroit Edison rolls past Haslett in semifinals, setting up chance at a three-peat Saturday
BY: MATTHEW B. MOWERY Mar 22, 10:00pm

GRAND RAPIDS — All along, the Detroit Edison team has been pointing at this moment, wanting to get back to this stage to finish off their three-year run with another title.

They even started chanting “Three-Peat! Three-Peat!” after the buzzer sounded on a 70-43 win over Haslett in the Division 2 semifinals at Calvin College’s Van Noord Arena Friday evening.

They have one more win to get before they can hoist the trophy, though.

The Pioneers (26-1) face Freeland (24-2) at 6:15 p.m., for a chance to become the fifth girls basketball program in state history to win three consecutive championships.

Edison had to sit two starters for disciplinary reasons to begin Friday’s semifinal contest, and as a result had more turnovers early than they’d had in a while. Still, the Pioneers held the Vikings (19-7) to 1-for-9 shooting in the first quarter and 6-for-22 in the first half, leading 13-6 after one quarter and 30-16 at the half. A 21-11 third-quarter bulge pushed the lead up near 30.

Miss Basketball Rickea Jackson had 26 points and eight rebounds, while Gabrielle Elliott had 21 points.

Skyla Nosek led Haslett with 16 points, while Ella McKinney had 15.

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