Throwback Thursday: Morley Stanwood Wins First State Title

MISportsNow’s Throwback Thursday is looking back at northern Michigan’s greatest games, from buzzer beaters to state finals. This marks the third in the biweekly series.

Headed up by veteran coach Bob Raven, the Morley Stanwood girls basketball team put an exclamation point on a perfect 28-0 season by capturing its first state championship with a 61-57 win over Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in the 2012 MHSAA Class C state title game.

Making their state finals debut, the Mohawks received a stellar performance from Alexis Huntey, as the senior registered a double-double with 27 points and 16 rebounds. Huntey was joined in double figures by fellow seniors Bailey Cairnduff and Elyse Starck, with the two chipping in with 18 and 10 points, respectively.

The Mohawks opened the title game with an 18-13 lead after one quarter and took a 33-26 lead to the locker room.

Not to be outdone by Huntey, Liggett senior and 2012 Miss Basketball winner Madison Ristovski tallied 42 points, making it the second-most points scored in state finals history. Ristovski was named the Michigan Gatorade Player on the Year and went on to start at the University of Michigan.

Morley Stanwood reached the title game by way of a 60-50 semifinal win over defending state champion St. Ignace. With the exception of a two-point, 44-42 win over Kent City in a regional final, the Mohawks rolled through the postseason, picking up wins over Hesperia (50-5), White Cloud (70-46), Shelby (70-46), Carson City-Crystal (67-38) and Saginaw Nouvel (59-44) along the way.

Raven would step down as coach of the girls program following the 2015-16 season, but returned to the court a year later as head coach of the school’s varsity boys team. In 23 seasons with the girls, Raven amassed a 387-140 record.

Categories: Girls Basketball