PSL Girls Playoffs
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Defending PSL champion Martin Luther King High, PSL runner-up Cass Tech and playoff contender Mumford all won their matches in the first round of the Detroit Public School League Playoffs Feb. 5. The Crusaders (11-1) routed the West Side Academy 79-13, the Lady Technicians (12-3) clobbered Central 53-1, while the Mustangs (12-3) kept their hopes for PSL crown alive with a 59-29 rout of East English Village.
Senior center Lashai Getter led a trio of Crusaders in double figures with 15 points. Senior forward Marte Grays fired in 13 points and pulled down 13 rebounds while junior guard Janae Williams added 10.
The Lady Technicians totally dominated Central, not allowing a point in the first half. They led 32-0 at the half and 40-0 before the Trailblazers managed one point at the free throw line.
“So far, we have played a very competitive schedule to get ready for the PSL and state playoffs,” said Cass Tech Head Coach Marissa Thrower. “We’ve played Flint Southwestern, King, Saginaw and Dayton (Ohio) Carroll. The tough schedule we’ve prepared made the girls play well. Playing competitive schools will keep us ready as we progress through the playoffs. Central has a good coach in Monique George another former Cass Tech player. She only had six players dressed for the game.”
Sophomore forward Zoey Otis led the Lady Technicians with 15 points and five rebounds while junior guard Taylor Parker added seven points and made six steals.
Sophomore forward De’Anna Fletcher had the triple double for the Mustangs, as they routed East English Village 59-29. Fletcher scored 22 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and made 10 steals. The Bulldogs (6-5) got 19 points from Cieria Mahome.
In other games, Osborn (16-6) got 17 points from senior forward Sandra Boone and 12 points from T’aisa Moors as the Lady Knights defeated Western International 43-36. Senior guard Danielle Williams scored 14 points for the Cowgirls (7-5). Cody (4-6) surprised Denby 72-59. Three Lady Comets scored in double figures led by senior guard/forward Tyra Jones who scored a game-high 38 points with 10 assists. Senior guard Ah’Zhane Scandrick scored 15 points and made seven assists, while senior center Dwayna Alexander scored 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Quarter-final action was played Feb. 2, pitting Cody against Pershing, and Mumford against Cass Tech at King, DCP-Northwestern against Renaissance, and Osborn against King at Mumford. Winners advance to the semi-finals, Feb. 613at Western International. Results of these games will be in the next issue of the Michigan Citizen.