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Sacred Heart needs no luck on St. Patrick's Day, advances to Class D state title game WITH GALLERY

  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)
  • Sacred Heart advanced to the Class D state-title game for the second time in three years as it downed Stephenson in the semifinals. (MIPrepZone photos by Paul Beroza)

EAST LANSING – Two years ago, Sophie Ruggles and Scout Nelson watched from the stands at the Breslin Center as Sacred Heart won its first-ever Class D girls basketball state title.

Ruggles was in eighth grade at that point, while Nelson was only a seventh grader.

Both players dreamed of one day having their moment to shine under the spotlight of the MHSAA state finals at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center.

That day arrived Thursday.

The sophomore Ruggles and the freshman Nelson shined for four quarters Thursday night in the Class D semifinals versus Stephenson, helping the Irish to a 45-38 victory and a berth in Saturday’s state championship game.

Tip-off Saturday at the Breslin Center will be 10 a.m. as Sacred Heart squares off with top-ranked Pittsford.

Ruggles and Nelson each scored 10 points in the semifinal victory, providing plenty of assistance to Class D Player of the Year Averi Gamble and the rest of their Irish teammates to clinch a spot in the state title game.

“I told my mom and dad after the semifinal game two years ago that I wanted to go to Sacred Heart,” said Ruggles, who attended Chippewa Hills for junior high. “That’s the moment I want and now I have it.”

Ruggles’ father, John, attended Sacred Heart for high school and was fully on board with allowing his daughter to have the same experience.

Nelson’s older sister Skylar was on the 2014 state title team, giving Scout plenty of motivation to reach the same heights.

“It’s really exciting,” Nelson said. “I saw my sister go through and win a state championship. We’re just really excited.”

Sacred Heart, despite having a powerful presence like the senior center Gamble, had plenty of doubters this season due to such a young supporting cast.

But throughout the postseason, the underclassmen have made play after play to keep the Irish dream alive.

Thursday was no exception and now they are one win away from a second state title in three years.

“It will be a good opportunity Saturday for one team to go home successful,” SHA coach Damon Brown said. “We’ve been positioning ourselves for this. The girls are hungry. That’s the best thing about high school basketball – you have two teams that are hungry and they’re going to give it their all Saturday morning.”

The Irish (24-1) trailed 14-11 at the end of the first quarter as Gamble was held scoreless, but Ruggles kept them afloat as she scored eight of her 10 points including a bucket in the final seconds.

In the second stanza, it was Nelson who made the highlight-reel play as she ended the half with a running buzzer-beater to give Sacred Heart a 21-20 advantage.

Stephenson retook the lead for the final time in the third quarter at 25-23, but SHA answered and a Megan English corner jumper gave the Irish a 29-27 advantage.

Nelson followed with another jumper, while sophomore Hadyn Terwilliger scored in transition off a turnover as Sacred Heart went up 33-28 at the end of the third quarter.

Gamble scored only two points in the first half on a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left, but turned in her usual effort after the break in the face of constant double teams.

She saved her best work for the fourth quarter, putting in nine of her 13 points to go with 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Even on St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish needed no luck over the final quarter as they closed it out with tenacity and talent.

“We settled in after that first quarter and let the nerves get out of the way,” Brown pointed out. “Once they thought of it as a regular basketball game, our defense looked a lot better and our offense looked a lot better. I’m really glad we were able to make the necessary adjustments.”

Stephenson (24-3) managed to trim its deficit to 40-36 with a few minutes remaining, but a Gamble field goal off a field from Nelson helped clinch it as Stephenson never got any closer.

Ruggles added eight boards to go with her 10 points, while Nelson contributed three rebounds and two steals. English, Terwilliger and Megan Nowak all scored four.

Sacred Heart shot 15-of-43 from the floor and 13-of-19 from 3-point range, while holding Stephenson to 14-of-49 shooting.

Karley Johnson paced the Eagles with 12 points and four steals, while Kelsey Johnson and Autumn Rasner each tallied nine points.

Gamble let everyone know why she had a big smile on her face as the closing seconds ticked away and Sacred Heart’s spot in the Class D state title game was official.

“Winning,” Gamble said. “Just the fact that I’ve gotten here twice is overwhelming. I already know how it feels already. It’s just so exciting that I’ve been able to do it twice.”

Last Updated: 3/17/2016 11:33:31 PM EST