Kent City will play in their 9th consecutive MHSAA District Championship game tonight in Ravenna at 6:oo p.m. In their previous eight appearances, they have advanced to the Regional round six times. A lot is on the line tonight, especially since the winner will head to Kent City for MHSAA Regionals on Monday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 13. This will be the first time Kent City has hosted a Regional in basketball since 2011-2012, when the girls regionals were held in the Nest.
Tonight’s match-up features two teams with nearly identical records, but have traveled different routes to get to this point. Kent City finished off their 2018-2019 season with their fifth consecutive CSAA Silver Championship and a 16-4 record. Their four losses have all come at the hands of larger schools who were ranked at one time or another throughout the season. The Eagles ended as the 8th ranked team in division four in the final associated press polls. West Michigan Christian entered the post season with 16 wins as well, tying for the top spot in the Lakes Eight Conference with Ludington. The Warriors three losses (Spring Lake, Ludington, and Orchard View) this season also came to larger schools, although they were not ranked opponents.
This will be the fourth consecutive season that Kent City and West Michigan Christian have faced each other in the District Final, Kent City has won two out of the three initial meetings. Last year, W.M.C. entered the game with an 18-3 record, but Kent City jumped all over the Warriors racing to a 56-39 victory. The previous season, West Michigan Christian played spoiler, as they grabbed the lead in the first half and then never relinquished it for a 53-45 upset win.
During the 2018-2019 season, W.M.C. is only giving up around 28 points per game. Kent City is averaging just over 62 points per game. Something will have to give tonight. Will Kent City’s offense win the day, or will the Warrior’s defense be too much for the Eagles? Find out tonight at Ravenna at 6:00 p.m. Since this is an MHSAA event, all tickets are $6.00.