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Jasmine Conner of DCP-Northwestern dribbles ball up-court in state district championship game.

Jasmine Conner of DCP-Northwestern dribbles ball up-court in state district championship game.

King, DCP-Northwestern win district crowns

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Martin Luther King’s quest for a Class A Girls State Title took one step forward as the Crusaders (21-1) routed Western International 62-20 at the MHSAA District 20 Championship at Hamtramck High, Feb. 28.

Senior forward Marte’ Grays led the Crusaders in scoring with 14 points while senior center LaShai Geeter scored 11. Senior guard Danielle Williams led the Cowgirls in scoring with 13 points.

In the preliminary games, the Crusaders defeated the Cody Comets 71-16 and the Cass Tech Technicians 60-34. Against the Comets, Grays scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Geeter scored 20 points and made six steals. Battling the Technicians, Grays scored 17 points and made 10 rebounds while sophomore guard/forward Micaela Kelly scored 14.

The Crusaders advanced to this week’s MHSAA Region 4 playoffs at Farmington High with Livonia Stevenson, Farmington Hills Mercy and Grosse Pointe South. Results will be in the next issue of the Citizen.

Renaissance (12-5) ended their season losing to FH Mercy 58-28 at the MHSAA District 21 final at Mumford Feb. 28. Freshman guard/forward Victoria Wright paced the Phoenix with 11 points in the effort.

In preliminary games, Renaissance routed Mumford 81-51 and Farmington 46-25. In the Farmington game, senior guard Jennifer Jones scored 14 points. Sophomore guard/forward Siyeh Frazer added 10.

Class B

After falling short in the  district finals four straight years, Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern (18-2) staked its claim this season, winning the MHSAA District 41 championship at DCP-Northwestern defeating University Prep Math and Science 64-25 Feb. 28.

Junior guard/forward Icesis Chandler-Poole led the Colts in scoring with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Senior guard Jasmine Conner added 15 points while making 10 assists. Kyzia Brown led the Lady Cobras with 15 points.

“It’s a great feeling because this is our fifth time making the district finals,” said DCP-NW head coach Orlando Watkins. “We made the finals the last four years only to lose all four times.

“We’ve had a good season so far. The girls worked real hard for this district championship, but it’s now back to the drawing board for the Clawson Regional.”

The Colts were also victorious in their preliminary contest defeating Plymouth Educational Center 59-23 and Cesar Chavez Academy 64-20.

Against the Panthers, Icesis Chandler-Poole scored 13 points and 11 rebounds while her twin sister, junior forward/center Iresis Chandler-Poole scored 12 points and 15 rebounds. Conner added 11. Against the Aztec Eagles, the Chandler-Poole twins were dominant with Icesis scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and twin sister Iresis scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds.  Senior center Alissa Pankston scored 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Colts advanced to the MHSAA Region 13 playoffs at Clawson High School with Ferndale, Birmingham Country Day and Harper Woods Chandler Park. Results will be in the next issue of the Citizen.

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