Prep girls basketball: Newberry advances in Class C districts

NEWBERRY – Freshman Taylor Bryant scored 14 points and teammate Marissa Rushford added 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead Newberry to a 49-45 victory over Manistique in an MHSAA Class C girls basketball district semifinal game on Wednesday night.

The Indians (12-9) built a 27-18 halftime lead before the Emeralds (5-17) came back to pull within 32-29 after three quarters.

Manistique, which won its district opener over Harbor Springs 35-30 on Monday, was paced by junior Samantha Williams with 12 points and senior Leah Cook with 10.

Newberry advances to the district championship game and will play at St. Ignace at 6 p.m. Friday. The Saints (19-2) thumped district host Indian River Inland Lakes 76-12 on Wednesday.