WATERSMEET - Ewen-Trout Creek claimed full rights to its first Porcupine Mountain Conference girls' basketball championship since 2006 by defeating Watersmeet 44-26 Friday.
The Panthers (13-7) completed a 6-0 tour through the league and officially dethroned the Nimrods, who had won five league titles in a row.
E-TC's tough defense arrived on time, as the Panthers allowed just two first-quarter points. The offense came a little later, as the Panthers needed a 12-5 advantage in the second quarter to take a 19-7 lead into halftime but were never seriously challenged down the stretch.
E-TC got 15 points from Zoey McGeshick and nine from Sam Robl.
Watersmeet (7-13, 4-2) was led offensively by eight points from Frannie Zelinski.
E-TC's next assignment is a tough one: the Panthers play at Crystal Falls against the Forest Park Lady Trojans in a Class D district semifinal.
Ewen-TC 7 12 13 12 - 44
Watersmeet 2 5 10 9 - 26
Ewen-Trout Creek - Sam Robl 9, Rebekah Driesenga 2, Casey Suomumaki 3, Molly Niemi 5, Brittany Suomumaki 8, Zoey McGeshick 15, Becca Warnke 2; FT: 5-8; Fouls: 4; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Robl 2, C. Suomumaki 1.
Watersmeet - Michaela Burke 5, Lauren Ryskey 7, Frannie Zelinski 8, Jazzmyn McGeshick 4, Jessica Barajas 2; FT: 2-2; Fouls: 8; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Burke 1, Ryskey 1.