The Pennfield High School varsity girls’ basketball team traveled to Hastings High School on Friday night for the MHSAA district championship game against non-conference rival Olivet High School. The Lady Panthers defeated the Eagle by the final score of 45-43 to win the MHSAA Class B district title. They will advance to the MHSAA regional tournament next week at Williamston High School. Pennfield improved to 9-12 overall.
The Lady Panthers were led by senior, Abby Schwartz who had a game high 21 points along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Fellow seniors, Sadie Drawhorn and Ellie Noffsinger added 9 points and 7 point respectively. Junior, Kylie Crandall pulled down a team high 8 rebounds and sophomore, Kaylee Glidden added 6 points and 7 rebounds.
Pennfield trailed 15-9 after the first quarter but cut the deficit to 25-24 at halftime. They took the lead in the third quarter and entered the final period leading 39-35. They built their lead to 6 points early in the fourth quarter and survived a late comeback by Olivet to advance.
The varsity girls’ basketball team will open MHSAA regional play on Monday, March 29th at Williamston High School against I-8 rival Western High School. Game time is scheduled for 7:00pm.