Nouvel & Sacred Heart capture state titles

Nouvel (left) and Sacred Heart (right) pose with their state championship Saturday at the Breslin Center.

Laurel Jacqmain scored 23 points and Rachel McInerney added 22 and 23 rebounds Saturday to lead Saginaw Nouvel to a 62-40 win over St. Ignace in the Class C state championship.

The Panthers (22-4) outscored the Saints 24-7 in the third quarter and turned a one-point game into a rout. Jacqmain scored 13 points during the run to help Nouvel erase memories of last season's title game loss to Manchester.

McInerney had 12 points and 11 boards in the first half to help the Panthers take the lead for good.

The Saints were just 9 for 29 from the floor in the first half but only trailed 23-22 at the break after finishing with an 8-2 run. Their shooting struggles continued in the third, going 2 for 19.

Margo Brown had 16 points for St. Ignace (24-3), which was seeking a fifth title after winning last season's Class D crown.

Riley Terwilliger made a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to give Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart the lead and the Fighting Irish hung on for a 56-53 victory over Crystal Falls Forest Park in the girls' Class D state championship.

Sacred Heart (22-5) watched Saturday as Forest Park's Lexi Gussert, the state's Miss Basketball, missed a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left. Two free throws from Sara Hansen sealed the win.

The Fighting Irish scored 12 straight points in the final three minutes.

Forest Park led 27-26 at intermission and had a 50-42 lead with 2:42 left. But it only got a 3-pointer from Gussert the rest of the way.

Center Averi Gamble had 25 points to lead Sacred Heart. Gussert led Forest Park (26-1) with 17.