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Grand Haven's Abby Cole is so good, she can even fool Son of Swami


1:00 AM, Mar. 16, 2013 EDT


The Son of Swami heads down the home stretch with a 7-1 record after the semifinal games.

SOS's only miss was Grand Haven's victory over Westland Glenn. But if Grand Haven's 6-foot-5 Abby Cole had told SOS she was going to become a three-point shooter, he would have picked the Bucs.

Here are SOS's early picks for the championship games at the Breslin Center.

Class A

Grand Haven (27-0) vs. Grosse Pointe South (25-1), noon. This is No. 1 South vs. No. 2 Grand Haven. The good news for Grand Haven is South's players are not as quick as Westland Glenn's players. The bad news is the South players are a lot better than Glenn's. War Memorial 57, Grand Heaven 55.

Class B

Flint Powers (21-6) vs. Goodrich (24-3), 6 p.m. SOS was certain Goodrich was a lock to repeat until he saw Powers in the semifinals and noticed coach Thom Staudacher jumping around on the sideline, and he has way better hops that Kathy McGee ever did. Goodrich coach Jason Gray can't even touch the bottom of the net. Goodyear 64, Flint Power & Light 62.

Class C

Manchester (26-1) vs. Saginaw Nouvel (25-2), 4 p.m. Manchester definitely will shoot better today than it did in the semifinals. But Nouvel coach Kris Hengesbach has won state titles coaching other people's kids. Now she can get one with her daughter. Saginaw Noel 62, Manchester United 55.

Class D

St. Ignace (26-0) vs. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (21-4), 10 a.m. How can Lakes, the three-time defending champs, be ranked only No. 2? Because No. 1 St. Ignace is in Class D this year. But it won't be easy to slow down the Lakers' Lexie Robak and Ava Doetsch, who are trying to become the first girls to start on four state championship teams. St. Clement 47, Waterford Our Gal 45.

Son of Swami is written by Mick McCabe, who can be contacted at 313-223-4744 or mmccabe@freepress.com .

 

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