Sacred Heart, Manual advance to Seventh Region title game

The Manual and Sacred Heart basketball teams advanced to the Seventh Region title game with victories Thursday night.

Sacred Heart 69, Male 49

Male (23-9) only trailed 38-34 with 2:20 to go in the third quarter, but Sacred Heart (29-5) went on a 19-2 run to grab a 57-36 lead with 4:53 to go and led by as much as 25 points in the final quarter.

The Valkyries hit 27 of 55 (49.1 percent) from the field including 5 of 12 (41.7 percent) three pointers and a stifling 10 of 12 (83.3 percent) from the charity stripe.

Samsel led Sacred Heart with 20 points and hit 7 of 11 from the field including 3 of 6 from three-point land. Berger had another all-around game with 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Kristen Clemons, a center, finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, and two steals.

The Bulldogs shot 21 of 52 (40.4 percent) from the field including 1 of 10 (10 percent) from three-point land and 6 of 9 (66 percent) from the free-throw line.

Ciaja Harbison led Male with 14 points and four assists while Cameron Browning had 10 points, eight rebounds, and two steals. Emelia Sexton chipped in eight points and four rebounds.

Manual 68, Eastern 50

Eastern (20-8) led 11-9 after one quarter of play, but Manual (20-8) never trailed again, and would lead 36-23 at the half.

The Lady Crimsons would lead by as many as 22 points in the second half.

Manual made 20 of 43 (46.5 percent) from the field including 6 of 11 (54.5 percent) from three-point land and 22 of 33 (66.7 percent) from the free-throw line.

Jaela Johnson was a beast and led the Lady Crimsons with 30 points, four rebounds, and four steals. Tyonne Howard added 14 points, seven assists, and five rebounds and Nila Blackford finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, and three steals.

The Lady Eagles hit 20 of 53 (37.7 percent) from the field including 4 of 20 (20 percent) from three-point land and 6 of 13 (46.2 percent) from the free-throw line.

Eastern was led by Mikayla Kinnard who finished with 16 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Amaya Asher added 10 points, three assists, and three steals and Brea Mishler finished with eight points.