Walled Lake Central claimed the Walled Lake city championship last week by taking down both Walled Lake Northern and Walled Lake Western.
The Vikings defeated Northern at home, 60-48, on Tuesday, Feb. 1, before defeating Western at home, 40-26, on Friday, Feb. 4.
Central (6-8 overall, 3-5 in the KLAA North) finished 3-1 against its Walled Lake rivals in the regular season, with the only loss coming to Northern on Jan. 11.
Against Northern last Tuesday, Central led 20-19 after the first quarter before going on a 19-5 run in the second quarter to lead 35-28 at halftime.
The Vikings outscored the Knights 25-20 in the second half to pull out the win.
“We’re a tough team to beat when we’re hitting shots,” said Central Head Coach Rob Schopf. “Opposing defenses can’t focus on only one player when five different players make three-pointers.”
Kara Birrell led Central with 22 points. Tori Duffey had 16 and Ciara Sims scored 11.
Against Western, the Vikings led 18-13 at halftime before outscoring the Warriors 22-13 in the second half.
Sims led Central with 13 points. Lisa Warrior had 12, including 7-for-8 free-throw shooting.
“Sims has been our inside threat on a perimeter-oriented team,” Schopf said. “What makes Ciara so hard to defend is she is capable of hitting three-point shots. She scores a lot off backdoor plays.
“Lisa leads by example,” he added. “If there’s a hustle play that needs to be made, Lisa is the one making it.”
Madison Schram scored 9 points for Western (2-11, 1-6).
Central played at Waterford Mott on Tuesday, Feb. 8 after press time and will travel to Waterford Kettering on Friday, Feb. 11.