Girls Basketball

Moment: Freshman Shows Star Power

March 24, 2020

By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor

Two years later, we all know Bree Salenbien to be one of the state’s elite basketball stars.

But heading into Adrian Lenawee Christian’s Class D Semifinal against Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart on March 15, 2018, she was known mostly in southeastern Michigan for helping relaunch one of her area’s top small-school programs.

Then she sank the game-winning shot to send the Cougars past annual power Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart 46-44 – and by the end of that March weekend, many more were anticipating what Salenbien might accomplish in seasons to come.

Said Salenbien that day: “It’s really fun. But I think the whole team is showing the state who we are, not just me. We’ve battled through so many games this year. … “We knew we’d have to fight like that to the end.”

Click to read Second Half's coverage – Classic Finish Delivers Statewide Stardom and watch the game-winner below with coverage from the NFHS Network.