Trojans hoist district trophy for first time in seven years
Beating the same team three times in one season is supposed to be hard.
Apparently someone forgot to share that fact with members of the Plainwell girls’ basketball team.
Eight days after defeating Paw Paw in the Wolverine Conference championship game, Plainwell posted a 75-51 win over the Redskins in the final of a Class B district on Friday, March 6.
The Trojans also defeated Paw Paw in the regular season, giving them the three-game season sweep. All three games were on the Redskins’ home court.
The senior duo of Sarah Morrell and Martyna Pioro led the way for Plainwell—which last won a district title in 2008—with Morrell going for 21 points and Pioro right behind at 20.
“This feels so good,” said Morrell, a four-year starter for the Trojans. “We’ve been in the district finals the last two years and weren’t quite able to get it done. So this is amazing.
“It’s never easy to beat a team three times in a season, so we wanted to come in here with the mind set that we were going to play with intensity and really get after it.”
Pioro, an exchange student from Poland, wasn’t around for the losses in the district finals the past two years, but that didn’t mean she was unaware of the importance of the game.
“This is one of the craziest experiences of my life,” Pioro said. “I’m so happy I was able to be a part of this and help our team win the district.”
Making the win even more special for Pioro, Morrell and the rest of the Trojans was the significance it had for Plainwell coach Tim Rieman.
Entering the game, Rieman was winless in 10 career appearances in the district finals. Those games included stints with the Plainwell boys’ team and the Portage Northern girls’ team.
“We know how much this meant to coach and I’m glad we could win it for him,” Morrell said.
For Rieman, it was as if a weight had been lifted off his shoulders.
“I’m pretty emotional right now,” Rieman said. “To finally win a district title is so special. And to do it with this group is so amazing. They’re all great girls. They deserve this.”
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