Detroit — It was a game both coaches said was four years in the making.
After losing three years in a row, Detroit Renaissance finally came away with a 68-65 win over visiting Detroit King on Thursday in a Public School League girls basketball game.
Both King and Renaissance knew the stakes were high, and with this kind of rivalry, both teams were prepared for an intense, high-scoring game.
"This has been a rivalry since the beginning of time," Renaissance coach Kiwan Ward said. "We anticipated this type of game and we knew it was going to be a big game. The intensity was there."
Renaissance found itself in a 12-point deficit early in the first quarter, but scored 13 unanswered points to start the second quarter to claim its first lead of the game.
At the half, King (2-1, 0-1) was clinging to a 29-28 lead.
"We got tired," King coach William Winfield said. "I thought we played a good game but we were just tired. There's not much more you can say."
Renaissance led 65-62 with just over a minute remaining when Dalyn Henderson knocked down a 3-pointer to all but seal the win.
"Dalyn is a sophomore and last year she didn't get a lot of playing time, but we talked about her improving and we've worked tremendously hard together," Ward said.
Senior Siyeh Frazier, who committed to Penn State earlier this month, led Renaissance (4-1, 3-0) with 29 points and nine rebounds. Victoria Wright and Nina Reynolds each added 13 points.
"This is just the beginning," Frazier said. "We've got a great team and we came back and we were ready to play. We're ready to play any and everybody."
Despite the high score, Ward says it was her defense that truly kept her team in the game.
"We struggle from game to game with our defense," she said. "We have to pick it up a little bit because we got into some foul trouble towards the end, but I think our defense is what carried us over the top.
King's Tia Tedford led all scorers with 34 points, while Micaela Kelly and Alicia Norman each had 13.
Renaissance will host Lansing Everett (0-4) on Saturday.
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Marissa McNees is a freelance writer; News staff contributed