Bellaire Rides Historic Season to Division 4 State Semifinals

BELLAIRE – Fresh off its first quarterfinal win in program history, the Bellaire girls basketball team continues its historic campaign in the MHSAA Division 4 state semifinals Wednesday.

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Bellaire (17-3) will face a Petersburg-Summerfield (15-5) team also entering uncharted territory after winning its first-ever regional championship last week. The two teams will meet in a semifinal at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

The Eagles are coming off a pair of thrilling wins after holding off a fourth-quarter rally by Frankfort in a 43-39 regional final win last week and rallying to hand second-ranked Saginaw Nouvel a 43-42 overtime loss in Monday’s quarterfinal.

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“It’s just huge we’ve never done it before,” Bellaire coach Brad Fischer said. “This was our second-ever quarterfinal game so it’s just so exciting. These girls have been playing together forever and it all just goes back to them. It’s uncharted territory but we’ll gladly take it.”

After finishing fourth in the Tri County Conference, Petersburg-Summerfield has picked up steam in the postseason, recording wins over Britton Deerfield (53-28), Allen Park Inter-City Baptist (41-38), Southfield Christian (66-35) and a short-handed Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes team (44-24) Monday.

Wednesday’s winner will face either Carney-Nadeau (22-0) or Fowler (14-4) for the state championship at 10 a.m. Friday at the Breslin Center.

First tip Wednesday is set for 12:30 p.m.

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