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King tops Pershing in district final, 66-38

King’s LaQuita Hart looks for an opening against Pershing’s Brittany Hill (32).  CHUCK JOHNSON DPS PHOTO

King’s LaQuita Hart looks for an opening against Pershing’s Brittany Hill (32).

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

DETROIT — The King girls basketball squad continued to stake their quest to the Class A State Championship. The Lady Crusaders (23-0) so far have won the PSL Championship and the PSL/CHSL Operation Friendship. Now the Lady Crusaders have captured the Class A State District 7 Championship with a 66-38 victory over cross-town rival Pershing March 1 at Hamtramck High. Senior guard LaQuita Hart was the main sparkplug for King as she scored a game-high 24 points in a game that started out as a low-scoring defensive battle. Senior forward Takira Height scored nine. The Doughgirls (11-5) got a stellar performance from senior guard Nijzah Hill with 10 points and junior forward Brittany Ellington with nine.

“I’m lost for words because it was an up and down game,” said King head coach William Whitfield. “We have to keep going whether we play good or bad. You have to hope for the best.”

After a slow start with the game tied 5-5, the Lady Crusaders went on a 9-2 run to lead 14-7 after one period. The play was getting physical to a point that three players were ejected for almost coming to blows. The players ejected were King’s Marte Grays and Pershing’s Fantasia Teasley and Jasmine Hayes. Hayes was ejected because she left her team’s bench when the altercation started. After things simmered down, King built a double-digit lead to go ahead 26-14 into the locker room at halftime.

The third period was pretty even with both teams hitting their best shots. King led 40-27 after three periods. But the game was sealed for King when the Lady Crusaders went on a 14-1 run during the fourth period.

King advanced to the Class A Regional in Southfield Results will be in the next issue of the Citizen.

Other district results

Mumford ended their 2012-13 campaign as the Mustangs (15-6) lost in the Class A District Final to Farmington Hills Mercy (18-5),67-46. Brionna Grimes paced the Mustangs with 19 points … University Prep advanced to the Class B Regionals with a heart-stopping 72-70 win over Northwestern. The Panthers (11-10) had three players in double figures led by Amani Hutson with 20 points, Tiffani Dolden with 19 and Arriona Lee with 16. The Colts were led by Jasmine Conner with 32 points and Shavorra Patton with 17.

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