EAST LANSING — For the first time in school history, the Calumet Copper Kings girls basketball team can call themselves state champions. The Copper Kings defeated Flint Hamady, 57-49 to win the Class C State Championship Saturday afternoon at the Breslin Center.
Alexis Rowe led the way for Calumet with 22 points and Clara Loukus added 10 points. Rowe was 8-13 from the field, including 4-7 from downtown. Calumet out-rebounded Flint Hamady, 42-29. The Copper Kings finished the game with 22 offensive rebounds.
The Copper Kings had never been in a state semifinal or final until Thursday and Saturday. Calumet got to the state quarterfinals in 1977. That was the farthest the Copper Kings had ever been in the state tournament, until this year.
With the Copper King winning the Class C title, it’s the first time in the history of the Upper Peninsula that two girls basketball teams won state championship in the same year. St. Ignace defeated Pittsford earlier in the day to win the Class D State Championship. The Saints defeated Pittsford, 64-60 in overtime. St. Ignace trailed by as many as 20 points in that game.
Congratulations to the Copper Kings and Saints on winning state championships.