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D4 FINALS: Riley sisters shine on big stage, leading Fowler to first state title since 1991

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, April 9, 2021, 12:23 pm

EAST LANSING — If you drive through Fowler, you might get to see one-on-one driveway battles between the Riley sisters — junior Mia and sophomore Emma.

Otherwise, they get a bit overlooked on the statewide scene. 

Saturday, the Fowler Eagles got to share how good those two are, as they combined for 34 points in a 54-20 win over Bellaire in the Division 4 championship game, helping bring the trophy back to Fowler for the first time since 1991. 

Fowler (19-3) held Bellaire (15-5) to fewer than 10 points in each quarter, and 20 percent shooting for the game, completing a six-game postseason run that saw them win by an average of 27 points per game. 

Fowler had lost in the semifinals in two (1998 and 2019) of its last three appearances in the final four, falling to Central Michigan Athletic Conference foe Portland St. Patrick, 47-36, in the 2000 finals. 

Fowler led 11-3 after one quarter, 27-7 at the half, and 47-5 entering the fourth.

Mia Riley had 18 points and five rebounds for Fowler, while Emma Riley had 16. Grace Epkey and Emma Halfmann had six each. 

Katie Decker and Jacey Somers had six each to lead Bellaire, which was making its first title-game appearance.