The year was 2002, and that was the last time Detroit Osborn won a playoff game. Fast forward 16 years and Caprice Edwards' clutch basket with 4 seconds left changed that as Osborn defeated Detroit Henry Ford, 34-32, in a Detroit Public School League Big D girls’ basketball tournament play-in game.
Osborn (6-8, 3-5 PSL East Divison 1) was led by Edwards, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Maria Martin, who finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
This win meant a lot for Osborn coach Kyhon Burton and his team.
“This win speaks a lot to our program and where we’ve come,” Burton said. “We’re a young team but the girls have consistently showed signs of growth throughout the season.”
Osborn had to fight the entire game. Henry Ford jumped out to a 15-2 lead to open the game and then went up 16-4 at the end of the first quarter.
“They (Henry Ford) came out hitting everything,” Burton said. “I mean every shot they were putting up was going in the basket.”
Bianca Campbell had 13 points and Kayisma Matthews 11 for Henry Ford.
Osborn needed to make some adjustments defensively. In the second quarter, Osborn started to cut into the lead a little bit, trailing 23-8 at the half.
Burton knew that some changes needed to be made.
“Coming out of the half, we went to a 3-2 matchup zone on defense, which was able to work for us and we were able to dominate on the glass,” Burton said.
Osborn came out during the second half and turned things around. Osborn scored 16 points in the third, pulling to within three, 27-24.
The fourth quarter was Osborn’s to take.
“I took the girls out of the 3-2 zone and went to man to man pressure defense and we were able to force turnovers that led to easy baskets,” Burton said.
This was a big win for Osborn and its first-year head coach.
“We were the better team tonight and I’m proud of how we fought today,” Burton said.
Going forward, Burton wants his players to continue to learn from their mistakes.
“We’re young, so I know we will continue to have games where we’ll struggle in certain areas, but as long as we continue to work on those areas we are struggling in we will continue to improve as a team,” Burton said.
Osborn plays Thursday in the first round of the Big D Tourney against Detroit International Academy at 4 p.m.
More girls basketball
Detroit Westside Academy 79, Detroit Davis Aerospace Academy 20: Keyona Bottles had 26 points, Raven Jackson 20 and Alexis Crawford 13 for Westside Academy (10-6).
Royal Oak 50, Birmingham Seaholm 31: Samantha Potter had 17 points, Jessica Adams 12 and June Donnellon 10 for Royal Oak (11-2, 7-1 OAA White). Audrey Anton had 13 points for Seaholm (2-11, 2-6 OAA White).
Waterford Lakes 57, Ann Arbor Greenhills 27: Kayla Sanders had 18 points, Tiffany Senerius 15 and Isabelle Kline 11 for Waterford Our Lady of Lakes (12-3, 6-0 Catholic League).
Girls basketball scores
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