Ava Guilford hit a three to put Portland ahead for good with 2:17 to play in the 4th quarter Wednesday against Parma Western and the Raiders went on to score the games final eight points and win the division two state semifinal, 45-38.
"I think we have a lot of trust in each other and we weren't really that nervous," Guilford said. "We just knew that we wanted to come and play and it was going to take whatever it is."
Ashley Bower led Portland with 17 points, Guilford finished with 12.
"We have always dreamed of being able to go to the Breslin and play for a state championship," Bower said. "It is just really exciting and I am proud of our team and the way that we played."
The Raiders advance to play Newaygo in the division two state championship game on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.