The Eagles stayed with Sacred Heart for more than a half on Tuesday in a Class D regional semifinal at Big Rapids Crossroads Academy, but ultimately fell 44-25.
Fruitport Calvary Christian finished the season 19-4.
The game was tied 14-14 at halftime, and Sacred Heart led 24-22 midway through the third quarter. The Irish sewed up the victory by outscoring Calvary 20-3 down the stretch.
Fruitport Calvary was hurt when standout senior Hannah Roberts was knocked out of the contest with a knee injury in the third quarter.
“I’m proud of our kids for playing so hard being undersized in a very physical game,” said Eagles Coach Brad Richards, whose team lost to Sacred Heart in regionals for the third straight year.
“Our plan was to take it at them, attack the basket, which we did. Unfortunately at the end of the game we had shot the fewest free throw attempts of the season, despite the physical play.”
Leading the Eagles was Allyson Richards with eight points and nine rebounds, Roberts with eight points and five steals and Kelsey Richards had eight rebounds four assists.
Sacred Heart was led by Scout Nelson with 15 points and Avery Gamble with 14.