What to watch in girls basketball state quarterfinals
March 12, 2017 - Basketballs
What to watch for in a girls basketball state quarterfinals, that start Tuesday around a state.
Top storyline: The quarterfinals won’t embody No. 1-ranked and final year’s runner-up Detroit Martin Luther King, that fell to No. 6 Southfield AT in a informal final, 55-51. No. 4 Midland Dow also was separated by Flushing, withdrawal fortifying state champion and No. 2-ranked Warren Cousino as a highest-ranked group in a field. Cousino hardly survived a informal final, prevalent in overtime over Birmingham Marian, 41-39.
Best matchup: Warren Cousino vs. Farmington Hills Mercy, 7 p.m. during Southfield A T.
After outlasting Catholic League runner-up Marian in overtime, Cousino (23-2) will rigging adult for Catholic League champion Mercy (22-3). The Marlins mislaid in overtime to Detroit Martin Luther King in a Operation Friendship championship and knocked off No. 10 Hartland in a informal semifinal.
Team to watch: Can Cousino repeat as state champion? It was a tighten call on Thursday opposite Marian, though a Patriots showed their championship solve and survived to a final week. With arguably a state’s best actor in Kierra Fletcher and other ranked teams eliminated, Cousino has a good shot.
Dark horse: Macomb Dakota (19-6) and Flushing (21-3) are both unranked and will accommodate in a 6 p.m. quarterfinal during Davison. Dakota never had been to a quarterfinals, and Flushing is creation a initial quarterfinal entrance given 2009.
Names to know: There are dual Miss Basketball finalists in a margin – Kierra Fletcher of Cousino and Deja Church of Southfield AT. Fletcher, who sealed with Georgia Tech, carried Cousino to a pretension final season. Church is a Michigan signee.
Top storyline: No. 1 Ypsilanti Arbor Prep and No. 2 Birmingham Detroit Country Day still are on lane to accommodate in what was a many expected championship diversion during a start of a tournament. Country Day modernized to a quarterfinals for a 20th true year, and Arbor Prep is 25-0.
Team to watch: Ypsilanti Arbor Prep won Class C final deteriorate and hasn’t missed a kick after relocating to Class B.
Best matchup: Arbor Prep could be challenged when it meets No. 3 Williamston (23-1) in a quarterfinal during Brighton. The other ranked quarterfinal pairing is during Ostego, where No. 4 Grand Rapids Catholic Central (24-1) will face No. 6 Marshall (22-2). The leader of that diversion expected will pull Country Day in a semifinals.
Dark horse: Detroit Mumford and Cadillac. Mumford opens opposite Country Day in a quarterfinal during Marysville, a pre-determined site that is good north of both schools. Cadillac is entrance off a 59-58 informal win over No. 10 Kalkaska and will face dominant Freeland (25-0) in a quarterfinal during Big Rapids.
Names to know: The Williamston-Arbor Prep quarterfinal will underline dual of a state’s tip juniors in Maddie Watters of Williamston and Lasha Petree of Arbor Prep. Country Day facilities Miss Basketball finalist Destiny Pitts (Minnesota signee) and youth Kaela Webb (Marquette commit). Grand Rapids Catholic Central has a span of players headed to Central Michigan, Sophia Karasinski and Kyra Bussell.
Top storyline: Flint Hamady wasn’t ranked entering a playoffs, though a Hawks done a name for themselves by upsetting formerly dominant and No. 1-ranked Sandusky, 38-36, on Thursday. Hamady will take on Hemlock (21-4), also unranked entering a postseason, in a quarterfinal during Saginaw Heritage.
Best matchup: The usually quarterfinal featuring dual ranked teams is during Ypsilanti Community, where No. 10 Blissfield (23-2) will face No. 5 Detroit Edison (18-5) during 6:30 p.m. Edison has 6 players who mount during slightest 6 feet.
Team to watch: St. Ignace finds a approach to make a run in a tournament, regardless if they’re personification in Class C or D. The Saints were Class D champions in 2013 and 2015 and Class C runner-up in 2014, St. Ignace, behind manager Dorene Ingalls, always is a tough out in March.
Dark horse: Maple City Glen Lake wasn’t ranked going into a playoffs, though it softened to 22-3 following a 56-44 win over an 18-win Charlevoix group in a regional final. Next adult is St. Ignace in a quarterfinal played during Gaylord.
Names to know: Detroit Edison has one of a tip sophomores in a state, 6-foot-2 C/F Rickea Jackson, a learned and versatile actor who can measure in a accumulation of ways. Flint Hamady comparison Deajah Cofield has had a good year perplexing to fill in for harmed comparison Krystal Rice (Indiana State). Cofield had 32 points in a informal semifinal win over Harbor Beach.
Top storyline: The upsets were singular in district and informal play, as 5 ranked teams remain, including No. 1 Pittsford, No. 2 Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart, No. 5 Waterford Our Lady of a Lakes, No. 6 St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran and No. 8 Crystal Falls Forest Park.
Best matchup: Pittsford vs. St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran during Battle Creek Harper Creek. Pittsford is unbeaten, though St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran comes in as a estimable challenger with a 23-2 record. It will be a usually quarterfinal contested between dual ranked teams.
Team to watch: Pittsford enters with a 52-game winning streak, their final detriment entrance in overtime to St. Ignace in the 2015 state championship game. Pittsford is a group to beat, nonetheless a semifinal showdown with No. 2 Sacred Heart looms. Pittsford kick Sacred Heart in a championship diversion final year, 48-30.
Dark horses: Keep an eye on Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart and Waterford Our Lady of a Lakes. Both programs are accustomed to personification on a large stage. Sacred Heart has been to a pretension diversion dual of a past 3 years, winning it all in 2014. Our Lady of a Lakes won 3 true titles from 2010-12 and has been to a semifinals 6 of a past 7 years.
Names to know: Pittsford comparison forward/center Maddie Clark, who final month collected her 1,000th career rebound, is an impact player. She had 23 points and 10 rebounds in a state championship diversion final deteriorate and should be all-state again this year. Sacred Heart has a good twin in youth brazen Sophie Ruggles and sophomore indicate ensure Scout Nelson.