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      Sacred Heart captures Class D Championship over Forest Park

      The Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart Fighting Irish kept on fighting until the very end.

      Sacred Heart ended the game on a 16-4 run to end the game, defeating Forest Park 56-53 to win the Class D Championship.

      Riley Terwilligerâ??s three-point shot put Sacred Heart up 52-50, capping off a 12-1 Irish run.

      â??Some of it was their pressure of the press at the end,â?? Jeff Syrjanen, Trojans head coach, said. â??We felt we had a nine point lead where were going to go to our ball handling lineup. They cut it to six, then four, then suddenly it was like uh oh.â??

      Michiganâ??s Miss Basketball, Lexi Gussert, would hit another triple with 3.7 seconds remaining to pull Forest Park within a point, 54-53.

      Lexie Methner would ice the victory for the Fighting Irish with two free throws down the stretch.

      It was a game of runs. Sara Hansen led the charge for the Fighting Irish with a 8-0 run to start the second quarter. Later in the third quarter, the Trojans went on a 9-0 run themselves to retake the lead 43-34.

      Hansen finished with 14 points.

      Fifteen-year-old Averi Gamble controlled the paint for the Irish, scoring 20 of her game-high 25 points under the basket.

      â??I couldnâ??t have asked for a better team,â?? senior Sam Nylund said. â??Weâ??re definitely like a big family. Itâ??s going to be hard going off to college without them.â??

      Gussert, who will be playing in East Lansing next season, finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

      â??Itâ??s going to be a hard game to forget,â?? Gussert said. â??It doesnâ??t take away from everything weâ??ve done this year. Weâ??ve had an amazing run. Just becoming a family with the team was my favorite part.â??

      Forest Park will end their season with a 26-1 record.