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By: Kevin Leahy

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Playing the roll of the underdog, Central had a plan for the Chemics.

Both teams opened up with defensive objectives as each applied the full court press.

Central figured on scoring in the paint but open shots were hard to find.

Midland opened up the game with a three-point attack. The Chemics plan worked out better as they held a nine point lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was all defense as both teams together combined for just nine points.

Opening the second half, Midland seemed to find an answer to handling the tough Wolves defense by pushing the ball up the court and taking quick open shots.

The Wolves looked to get back into the game from behind the three arc with quick shots and then looking for players slashing to the basket, but their cold shooting continued and lead to Midland going ahead by 17 by the end of the third period.

The Wolves showed no quit as they continued their aggressive full court press.

They forced Midland to turn over the ball several times resulting in easy lay ups and helped Central narrow the lead to 11 with 2:48 remaining.

Midland never felt threatened and got two quick turnovers of their own resulting in four quick points and put an end to the Wolves comeback.

Central coach Todd Thunberg commented on the game, "We knew we were the underdogs coming into the game. Our goal was to keep Midland at 40 points which we did except for a couple end of the game baskets. We were 6 for 32 in the paint, we had a hard time getting shots, for the game, we were 9 for 57. That is just not going to cut it."

The Wolves end their season 2-17 while the Chemics set up an all Midland final with their win. Midland Dow beat Mount Pleasant 35-31 Wednesday to get to the Championship.

Central's 44 Sara Skornia beats Midland's 23 Dani Blake on the tipoff.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Morgan Lobodzinski launches the ball at the hoop for a two-point shot.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Central's 10 Allison Sobczak tries to shake off Midland defender.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

10 Allison Sobczak launches a three point shot.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

24 Jade Grudzinski fights in midair to reclaim the ball from Midland.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Central's 22 Danette DeCorte skies over Chemics for a shot .
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Central's 22 Danette DeCorte drives by Coach Thunberg and the Chemic D .
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

A pack of Wolves swarm in for the loose ball.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Central's 44 Sara Skornia shoots the ball at the free throw line.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

32 Megan Charlebois shows heart as she scrambles for the loose ball.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Central's 44 Sara Skornia finds a rare open shot against the tough Midland defense. .
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

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