Mason senior forward Keri Rowan added two crucial blocks in the final moments to hold off the Lady Wildcats, who were ranked No. 3.
In a sloppy game filled with turnovers and missed shots by both teams, Mason made fewer mistakes — but not by much. Seiling had several opportunities in the waning seconds to tie or take the lead. With 2:39 left in the fourth quarter, Tiger fouled out, too.
"I was a little worried about that,” Coach Thomas said. "They like to give me some gray hairs.”
Although Mason won, the Lady Eagles struggled to match up with Seiling junior post Joscelyn Tapaha, who finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Seiling finished the season 23-4.
Sentinel 44, Varnum 26
Tamara Brown picked a great time to have her best half ever. With a trip to The Big House on the line, Brown scored 22 second-half points to lead Sentinel to an upset of Varnum. Brown finished with 27 points and added nine rebounds.
"The shots were not falling in the first half,” Brown said. "I had to get my feet squared and my shoulders facing the basket.”
Her second-half barrage came on a variety of lay-ups, jump shots and 3-pointers, as Brown proved to be too physical for any single defender.
"It came in a good game,” said Brown, who couldn't recall a better half. "It feels great.”
It was a disappointing end to Varnum's season. The Whippets finished with the most wins in school history (25-3), and beat defending champion Lomega by 20 to win its first area championship. Kodi Morrison led Varnum with 11 points.
Lomega 46, Cyril 33
Lomega coach Kevin Lewallen expected a tough game out of Cyril, and a tough game is what he got. Behind a raucous crowd, the Pirates put up a quite a fight in their first state tournament appearance ever, hanging with Class B defending state champ Lomega for three quarters before losing 46-33.
"It's by far the most physical game we've played all year,” Lewallen said. "The refs were letting them play on both ends.”
Kylie Castonguay and Hillary Winter combined for 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Raiders, who were only ahead by one point at halftime.
Freshman Shelbi Stallings and sophomore Cassidy Boggs had 10 points apiece for Cyril, which finished 25-3 on the season — a school record in wins. The Pirates also won their first regional and area titles.
"I thought they were as good as anybody in it,” Lewallen said.