Wayne — Makailah Griggs-Zeigler stepped up and took over after her teammate and standout point guard Jeanae Terry picked up her third foul midway through the opening quarter and was forced to the bench.
Griggs-Zeigler, a 6-foot junior who is committed to Michigan, made a pair of 3-pointers within a minute to open a 15-3 first-quarter lead and No. 5 Wayne went on to defeat Hartland, 48-31, in a KLAA semifinal Tuesday night.
Wayne (16-2) will try to repeat as league tourney champions when it plays at Brighton (17-1), a semifinal winner over Dearborn, next Tuesday.
Wayne and Hartland had developed a strong rivalry in past years, including last season when Wayne defeated Hartland for the KLAA title, then earned the win again in the rematch in the Class A state quarterfinal to reach the Breslin Center for the Final Four.
Terry, who will play next year at Illinois, got into early foul trouble and took a seat on the bench while her teammates put on full-court pressure and trapped in the half court to force multiple turnovers to set the tempo.
Terry returned in the final minute of the first quarter and picked up a second charging call for her fourth foul. Wayne led 27-14 at halftime.
“I knew I had to help my team win, so I did whatever I could to get those shots up and get us on the board,” Griggs-Zeigler said. “I was just being confident and I didn’t care who stood in front of me. I was just going to shoot the ball.”
Hartland was dealt a big loss when junior point guard Nikki Dompierre was unable to play due to an ankle injury. Freshman guard Amanda Roach also did not play.
“It was no backing down, we were up on them from the start,” Griggs-Zeigler said. “We watched film, had a lot of stuff on them so we knew if we pressured them that they’d cough it up, they’d start turning it over so we just gave them that really hard pressure.”
Griggs-Zeigler finished with 12 points and 6-1 sophomore Alanna Micheaux had 11 points for Wayne.
Whitney Sollom, a 6-4 junior center who has multiple Big Ten offers, scored 15 for Hartland, pulling her team within 34-26 on a putback with 5:10 left. Wayne's Terry answered with a putback to push the lead back to double figures.
Sollom had trouble finishing in the first half when she made just one field goal and made just 5-of-10 from the line.
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