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Grass Lake High School senior Amber Boomer (42) releases a shot during the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 basketball finals last week at Breslin Student Events Center.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.

By Jeff Steers
JTV Sports

(April 13, 2021 10:19 AM) When the final buzzer sounded at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 girls’ basketball final, it set off a celebration by Grass Lake.

It also spelled the end of maybe the school’s best senior class.

Abrie Cabana, Amber Boomer, and Lauren Pongracz were critical parts of the Warriors this season.

The senior class finished with 77 wins in four seasons, and only 11 losses – playing some of the best teams in the state along the way.

“When I get on the bus or get home it will feel more real,” Cabana said. “We have matured as a team this season.”

Cabana said the Warriors always knew they could win a title, but it did not happen.

“It was more of us knowing that we could win a title … it feels great,” Cabana said. 

Cabana has been coached by her mother, Andrea, for most of her life. It was almost a Disney-like finish for the mother-daughter combination at Grass Lake. 

“This has always been a big dream for us to get to the state finals, especially for my mom,” the younger Cabana said. “She has coached us for so long … props to her for getting us here (to the finals).”

Cabana, a Grand Valley State University signee, scored 10 points in a 52-50 win over Kent City. The four-year starter also grabbed five rebounds for GLHS.

Senior Amber Boomer scored eight points in the first half against Kent City. She also added four assists.

Fellow senior Lauren Pongracz went 2-of-5 shooting, with four points, and three assists in the championship game. 

Grass Lake finished the season with a 20-1 record. 

Lauren Pongracz (11) of Grass Lake High School attempts a shot during the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 basketball finals last week at Breslin Student Events Center.

Grass Lake High School basketball player Abrie Cabana (22) scored 10 points in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 basketball finals last week.

Members of the Grass Lake High school varsity basketball team pose after winning the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 girls’ basketball title last Friday at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.

 

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