Kingsley Ends Historic Season in Class B Semifinals

 

GRAND RAPIDS – A historic season for the top-ranked Kingsley girls basketball program came to an end Friday in the MHSAA Class B state semifinals.

Appearing in its first semifinal since 2008, Kingsley fell to defending state champion and perennial power Detroit Country Day, 70-54, at Calvin College’s Van Noord Arena.

Kingsley trailed by just two at 14-12 after one quarter, but it was all Country Day after that, as the Yellowjackets turned it on in the second quarter, scoring 29 points to take a 43-28 lead at the break.


Four Country Day (22-4) players appeared in double figures, as Maddie Novak led the way with a game-high 20 points and six rebounds. Kaela Webb and Maxine Moore also scored 15 and 11, respectively, while Adrian Folks had 10.

Senior Jalynn Brumfield paced the Stags with a team-high 14 points, while Rebekah Crosby tallied 12 points and seven rebounds. Brittany Brown also scored 11 points and chipped in four rebounds.

Kingsley struggled from 3-point range, finishing just 1-of-12. The Stags also committed 22 turnovers.

Prior to Friday’s semifinal, Kingsley had only allowed 40 or more points in a game four times.

“The energy from our crowd and that they still supported us even though they knew that we probably weren’t going to come away with the win,” Kingsley senior Kelsie Bies said. “So yeah, it really helped us to at least close the gap a little more and shows that we can still play even if that means we didn’t necessarily win.”

Winners of the Northwest Conference, Kingsley registered postseason wins over Cadillac (76-22), Ludington (49-24), Sault Ste. Marie (49-45), Big Rapids (56-39) and Muskegon Oakridge (49-39).

The Stags close out their year at 26-1 and graduate six seniors, as Brumfield, Bies, Crosby, Lindsey Boyajian, Lacey Benton and Remmi King closed out their prep careers on Friday.

“It’s just an amazing feeling to get here and to be a part of such an amazing team,” Boyajian said. “The seniors this year, we just like came together. We were just like a family. The whole team was a family. It’s just so exciting to end my season, as a senior, like to make it to Calvin.”

Country Day will face Jackson Northwest at 6:15 p.m. Saturday for the state title. Jackson Northwest (25-1) handed Michigan Center a 56-47 loss in Friday’s earlier semifinal.

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