PARTLAND, Michigan (WLNS) – On Wednesday in the district semifinals, the Catholic basketball team Lansing knew that supporting the season would be a challenge.

The Cougars have been challenged to face CAAC rival Ionia, who has beaten them twice in the regular season and won nine of their last ten matches. One of those losses includes a loss last season with a score of 61-60 in the same place – in the district semifinals.

So, trying to overcome the hump that is Ionia, and lagging behind in the second quarter by 14 points, the Cougars relied on their seniors to take care of things.

Alex Waters scored 26 points in the game, and Brody Kirkpatyk added 17 points to lead Lansing Catholic’s return and defeat Ionia 57-55.

On Friday, the Cougars will meet Lansing Eastern in a district title match. The Quakers defeated Haslet in overtime 73-67, despite Thomas Dodd scoring 31 points behind the Vikings.

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