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Lowell girls district champions

It’s not how you start, but how you finish.

Lowell girls basketball team went from an 1-8 start to a Class A District championship Friday with a 29-20 win over Greenville at Creston High School. It’s the Red Arrows first district title since 2004.

The Red Arrows started their season 1-8 under first-year head coach Kevin Brechting. Lowell, however, finished the last 13 games, including two district wins, with a mark of 10-3.

The nine-point victory over the Yellowjackets advances the Red Arrows to the Jenison regional semifinal where they will face Hudsonville (10-12) on Tuesday. The Eagles advanced with a 61-50 win over West Ottawa.

Lowell and Greenville both struggled out of the gate at the offensive end as the Red Arrows led 4-3 after the opening eight minutes. The second quarter was Lowell’s most productive offensively. The Red Arrows outscored Greenville 13-6 to take a 17-9 half-time advantage.

The two clubs matched baskets in the second half with Lowell outscoring Greenville 12-11.

Katie Tompkins and Bryleigh Loughlin led all Red Arrows with eight points each. Stephanie Stevens netted seven.