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Center stage: Sacred Heart standout Averi Gamble scores 24, leads Irish to Class D regional title WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)
  • For the second game in a row Sacred Heart Academy left the game in doubt at halftime, but poured it on in the second half, this time downing Portland St. Pats in their Class D Regional Championship 41-24 at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy Thursday, March 10, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Skip Traynor)

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BIG RAPIDS - When in doubt, go Gamble.

In everyday life and in different context, that might be a poor piece of advice. But when it is referring to Sacred Heart four-year standout center Averi Gamble it all makes sense.

Gamble, despite being boxed by multiple defenders, scored 24 points Thursday night to lead the Irish to a Class D regional championship at Big Rapids Crossroads Academy as they posted a 41-24 victory over Portland St. Patrick.

With the victory, the Irish advance to Tuesday’s 7 p.m. quarterfinal round versus Gaylord St. Mary’s. The game is tentatively scheduled to be played at Mason County Eastern High School.

Sacred Heart coach Damon Brown let Gamble know prior to tip-off that it might be a night for the 6-foot-3 center to take over.

“That’s what you expect a senior to do,” Brown said. “I told her before the game that I had a feeling you will put us on our back and carry us tonight. She did that. She did a great job offensively and really set the tone defensively as well manning the inside of our defense.”

But it was not easy for Gamble or the Irish in the early going, similar to Tuesday night when they went into halftime in a deadlocked game with Fruitport Calvary Christian until dominating the second half.

In Thursday’s tilt, Sacred Heart went back and forth with the Shamrocks for the first two quarters. Late free throws by Gamble helped the Irish take the slimmest of leads at 16-15 going into the break.

“St. Pat’s came in with certain schemes and we had to figure out what they were doing,” Brown explained. “No matter how hard you scout someone, you can’t really simulate it and it takes a while to get used to. But I thought our girls responded great and really believed each other. They stayed confident and didn’t let their heads get down.”

Gamble, same as two days prior, saved her best work for the second half as she scored 14 of her 24 points after halftime to help SHA pull away.

“In the first half it was a little bit scary,” Gamble admitted to the box-and-one defense the Shamrocks used on her. “But in the second half, everyone else started knocking down shots and it softened them up a little.”

Gamble first helped the Irish gain some separation with a basket to make it 23-18, while Hadyn Terwilliger followed with a field goal of her own.

In addition to the 24 points, Gamble yanked down 24 rebounds and had four blocked shots.

“I don’t like to lose so I take over sometimes,” Gamble laughed.

By the time the quarter ended, Sacred Heart had finally separated from pesky St. Pat’s as it led 34-20.

Eight minutes later, the Irish raised the regional title trophy once again and stand only 32 minutes from a possible berth in the state semifinals at Michigan State’s Breslin Center.

“I hate to look ahead but it’s an awesome thing to think about sometimes,” Gamble said. “We’re going to focus on this next game and get this quarterfinal game first.”

Sophie Ruggles contributed six points, six boards and two blocks for the Irish. Terwilliger added three points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal.

“The journey isn’t done yet,” Brown added. “We have to stay humble and we have to stay hungry.”

Last Updated: 3/10/2016 10:57:28 PM EST