Newaygo Outmuscles Country Day, Reaches First State Title Game Since 1985
GRAND RAPIDS – Emmerson Goodin scored 15 points and Newaygo forced 19 turnovers in a 55-39 win over Detroit Country Day in a Division 2 state semifinal at Van Andel Arena Wednesday.
Making its first appearance a state semifinal since winning back-to-back Class C state titles in 1984 and 1985, Newaygo held a 10-8 lead after the opening quarter Wednesday and stretched its lead to 27-20 at the half. The Lions put away the Yellowjackets in the fourth quarter, outscoring Country Day 16-5.
Despite being outrebounded 44-30, the Lions (21-1) converted 19 turnovers into 22 points and recorded 14 second chance points. Newaygo committed just three turnovers and went 12-for-19 from the three throw line.
Jaxi Long tallied 12 points, three assists, three steals and three rebounds in the win while Jaylee Long had 11 points, three boards, five assists and four steals.
Emma Arico led Country Day (15-3) with a game-high 18 points while Chelsea Abulu registered three points and 18 rebounds in the loss.
Newaygo will now take on Portland for the Division 2 state championship at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Portland (19-2) handed Parma Western a 45-38 loss in Wednesday’s second semifinal.