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King vs. Cass Tech, again

Cody’s Jae’Lynne Taylor dribbles against Cass Tech’s Lauren Elliot (32) and Candice Tate (3).

Cody’s Jae’Lynne Taylor dribbles against Cass Tech’s Lauren Elliot (32) and Candice Tate (3).

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

Last year, both King and Cass Tech were unbeaten heading into the PSL Championship at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall. The Crusaders prevailed over the Technicians with a seven-point, 45-38 victory. The same two teams will meet again this year.

Both teams were victorious Feb. 13 in semi-final action at Western International. The Technicians (14-3) routed Cody 55-29 in the first semi-final while King (17-1) overcame a determined Renaissance squad 68-31.

“We’re looking forward to play King because they beat us early in the season,” said Cass Tech Assistant Coach Fred Whitmore. “We can’t turn the ball over when we play them.”

The Crusaders beat the Technicians by 22 points early this season.

Against Cody, the Technicians were all over the Comets, making the score 25-11 at the half.  But in the second half, the Comets rallied, cutting the Technicians’ lead to 32-20. Then, Cass Tech went on a 9-0 run to build their led to 41-20 and never looked back.

Sophomore forward Zoey Oatis led three Cass Tech players in double figures with 12 points. Junior guard Taylor Parker scored 11, while junior guard Candice Tate added 10. Senior guard/forward Tyra Jones led the Comets with 16 points.

King faced a determined group of Phoenix from Renaissance and rolled to an impressive win. The Phoenix led early in the first period, 9-6, but the Crusaders pulled ahead on a three-pointer by Alicia Norman to lead 13-11 after one period.

However, the Crusaders’ offense found over-drive and the defense clamped down as they out-scored the Phoenix 19-6 in the second period to lead 31-17 at the half. The Phoenix did play a better third period, scoring 13 points, but couldn’t overcome the more dominant King squad.

Four Crusaders scored in double figures led by senior forward Marte Grays with 15 points. Junior guard Janae Williams scored 14; junior forward Malaysia McHenry added 12, while senior LaShai Geeter chipped in with11.

“We didn’t play like we should’ve tonight although we played well defensively,” said King Head Coach William Whitfield. “We’re glad we won tonight.

“Once we got things going we played more aggressively like we did later on in the game, but we have to play better for the championship.”

In quarter-final action on Feb. 10 at King High School, Cass Tech routed Mumford 65-22 and Cody held off Pershing 49-41. At Mumford, King blew out Osborn 62-13 and Renaissance routed DCP-Northwestern 65-41.

King will face Cass Tech Feb. 21 for the Detroit PSL Championship at UDM. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.

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