Detroit Collegiate Prep-Northwestern extended its winning streak to eight with a 53-24 victory Wednesday over visiting Detroit Southeastern in the first round of the Detroit Public School League girls basketball playoffs.
After giving up 15 points in the first half, DCP-Northwestern clamped down defensively and held Southeastern (0-10 PSL) to nine second-half points.
Senior guard Icesis Chandler-Poole anchored the defense with six of the team's 25 steals, while Ericka Smith and Berika Gatson each scored five.
Chandler-Poole had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead DCP-Northwestern (10-3, 10-0). Twin sister Iresis Chandler-Poole, a senior forward, added eight points and 11 rebounds.
"(Icesis and Iresis) are averaging a double-double. They've been having an excellent season and have come on strong as of late," DCP-Northwestern coach Orlando Watkins said. "The thing I'm most proud of is this team is well-rounded and our scoring is even. Up to this point, freshman guard Ericka Smith has been leading us in scoring."
DCP-Northwestern will face Detroit Renaissance in the quarterfinal round at 5 p.m. Feb. 5 at Detroit Western.
"We can't seem to get over the hump and make it past the quarterfinals," Watkins said. "We won our (PSL) division two years in row and last year we made it to the regional championship. We've made some good runs and made improvements. This year we're focused on taking that next step."
More PSL playoffs
Detroit Cass Tech 80, Detroit Osborn 0: Jazmine Evans scored 16 and Shy'nell Ponder 12 for Cass Tech (11-3, 9-1 PSL).
Detroit Henry Ford 64, Detroit International Academy 17: Tiera Thomas had 18 points, 10 steals and five assists, and Charlyn Giles added 11 points, five rebounds and six steals for Henry Ford (10-6, 6-4 PSL). Caitlyn Harrison scored 10 for DIA.
Detroit Mumford 70, Detroit Cody 28: Infiniti Williams had 19 points and seven steals, Deanna Fletcher had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Erica Powell had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Mumford (14-3, 8-2 PSL). Johnae Neely scored 10 for Cody.
Detroit Renaissance 80, Detroit Davis Aerospace 11: Victoria Wright had 20 points, Siyeh Frazier had 14 and Nina Reynolds 13 for Renaissance (10-6, 7-3 PSL).
More girls basketball
Detroit University Prep 28, Detroit Jalen Rose 19: Chasidey Willis scored 14 for University Prep (7-6). Makayla Hill had five points for Jalen Rose (4-4).
Detroit Cesar Chavez 63, Detroit Jalen Rose 58: Marcellus Pittman had 17 points and Robert Walton had 15 for Cesar Chavez (10-0). Jayjuan Casey had 18 points for Jalen Rose (5-4).
Marlette 55, Peck 43: Andrew Storm scored 23 for Marlette. Kyle Abrego had 20 points for Peck (8-3).
River Rouge 56, Melvindale ABT 51: Jalen Gibson had 16 points and 12 rebounds for River Rouge (9-3). Juanzel Woods had 16 points and six rebounds for ABT (6-6).
Troy Athens 70, Rochester 56: Tim Shayoka had 21 points and six rebounds, and John Van Hoef had 19 points and 15 rebounds for Athens (4-6, 1-0 OAA White). Hunter Schattler scored 20 and R.J. Kelley 10 for Rochester (0-10, 0-1).
Farmington 9, Oxford-Avondale Unified 0: Drake Cole had four goals, Jason Petras had three goals, and Joe Majoros had one goal and three assists for Farmington (6-8-2). Hunter Firestone made four saves to record his first shutout. Unified is 0-14-1.
James Hawkins is a freelance writer.