Brighton’s girls basketball team lost six games this season. Five were to Hartland and Howell.
The first four were during the KLAA West season. The fifth came to Hartland in the Lakes Conference tournament.
Another rematch happens today, when the Bulldogs take on Howell in the semifinals of a Class A district at South Lyon East.
And, for either team, the prospect looms of a rematch with Hartland, which takes on South Lyon East in the second game of the semifinal doubleheader.
The games begin at 5 p.m., when the Bulldogs and Highlanders meet.
“(Brighton coach) Paul Ash said after his win against Northville that it was very refreshing to play someone not named Howell or Hartland,” Hartland coach Don Palmer said, “and I feel the same way. It is what it is.”
The Bulldogs (14-6) have won their last two games, wins over Northville and KLAA South c0-champion Canton in the consolation round of the league tournament.
Howell (17-3), which lost for the third time this season to Hartland in the Lakes Conference title game, beat Northville in its season finale.
Hartland (20-1) assuaged Palmer’s fears of a letdown early in its Monday victory over South Lyon, leading 26-7 after the first quarter en route to a 65-35 win.
South Lyon East (7-13) finished fourth in the KLAA Central.
“I’ve seen them a couple of times on tape, and I’m impressed with their guards,” Palmer said. “We’re going to be in their gym, and I think it’s going to be an advantage (for the Cougars). We’ll see what happens.”