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Back-to-back: Oscoda defeats Alcona in district championship

WHITTEMORE — For the third straight year, the Oscoda and Alcona girls basketball teams met on the court with a district championship on the line and for the second consecutive season, the Owls were able to knock off their North Star League foe, beating them for the third time this season in Friday’s Division 3 district title game 59-47.

“Alcona gave us a good fight all night. We were only up three going into the half and had a huge third quarter,” Oscoda assistant coach Dean Caldwell said. “We were up 12 going into the fourth and were able to run the clock a lot and we were able to execute when we needed to.”

Lauren Langley led the Owls scoring a game high 25 points. Macy Kellstrom finished with 15 points and Izzy Hulverson added 12 points.

“Macy Kellstrom was huge on defense shutting down Megan Grove,” Caldwell said. “This is a group with a ton of experience against top talent due to our schedule being tougher. We were ready for this moment and our leaders rose up.”

Oscoda (20-3) advances to Tuesday’s regional semifinal matchup against Charlevoix (18-5) at Cheboygan High School at 6 p.m.

The Owls are hoping for better results this time around in a regional semifinal appearence after falling last year to Lake City.

Tuesday’s matchup will be intriguing not only because a birth in the regional championship game with be on the line, but this regional semifinal game will feature a pair of Division 1 athletes going head-to-head as Charlevoix’s Elise Stuck will do battle with Oscoda’s Langley in a matchup of extraordinary basketball players.

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