Madison (21-1) will move into next week’s Class C Regional basketball tournament after coming back to defeat Manchester, 42-32, on Friday in the C District final at Sand Creek.
The Trojans will take on host Riverview Gabriel Richard (6-15) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. That game will follow the Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central vs. Grosse Pointe Woods Regional semifinals.
Britton-Deerfield lost in its attempt to win the C final at Summerfield, losing 43-31 against Blissfield in a tight game that wasn’t over until the final seconds.
BD was down 24-11 after an SMCC field goal with 18 seconds left in the first half, then caught fire. Ella Nighswander hit a three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer. Caitlyn Dusseau hit a triple in the opening seconds of the third quarter. After a free throw, Nighswander connected again on a three-pointer to make the score 26-21 entering the fourth quarter.
Back-to-back baskets by Megan Wielfaert and Nighswander made it 28-25 with 6:38 left in the game and the Patriots appeared to be zeroing in on the lead. That was until Baumann grabbed a loose ball, dribbled to the right, then found an opening at the top of the key to bury her three-pointer with 4:45 left in the game.