Monday’s roundup: Renaissance rolls to PSL girls final

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Detroit — Renaissance turned up the heat defensively with its full-court pressure to run Mumford out of the gym at Western, coming away with a 81-57 victory in the Detroit Public School League girls basketball semifinals Monday night.

Renaissance (14-3) faces defending champion King (15-1) in the title game at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at Calihan Hall. Renaissance defeated King, 68-65, on Dec. 17 despite a 34-point effort by guard Tia Tedford.

DePaul-bound guard Micaela Kelly scored 24 to help King defeat Henry Ford, 73-36, in Monday’s other semifinal.

Renaissance defeated Mumford, 53-46, in the first meeting between the teams last month, but since added a pair of transfers in Brittany Hill (Pershing) and Talia Gray (Warren Fitzgerald), and used the added depth to force 30 turnovers.

Siyeh Frazier, a 5-foot-10 senior forward who signed with Penn State, led Renaissance with 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals. Nina Reynolds (17 points), Brittany Hill (16), Victoria Wright (12) and Jeorgia Jones (11) joined Frazier in double figures.

Renaissance set the tempo in the opening quarter after Mumford (11-5) scored the game’s first four points, forcing 10 first-quarter turnovers and capitalizing on the majority of them to jump out to a 23-7 lead, and Frazier hadn’t scored a single point.

“The addition of Brittany Hill and Talia Gray really improved our defense, especially on the full-court press,” Renaissance coach Kiwan Ward said. “At the beginning of the season we were a little slim on bodies, but as you could see we have a little more depth now so we’re able to rotate kids in and out to give us fresh legs.”

Frazier opened the fourth quarter with eight points during a 12-4 run to build a 20-point cushion after Mumford had pulled within 54-42.

“Siyeh is a tremendous leader,” Ward said. “She scores, but she’s a leader and her team feeds off of her. She plays both ends of the floor; she’s just not a scorer, she’s a great defender, too, and that’s what makes her special.”

Hill was also special, showing how valuable she is by coming up with consecutive steals late in the third quarter to open up a 54-37 lead. It was also at this point in the game where Renaissance was getting three shots a possession, crashing the offensive glass.

“It would mean everything,” Frazier said of the PSL final. “We have to get it. We have the opportunity right in front of us so we have to take advantage of it.”

De’Anna Fletcher had 18 points and nine rebounds for Mumford.

King 73, Henry Ford 36: Kelly was aggressive from the opening tip, scoring 13 in the opening quarter to give King a 16-4 lead.

The Crusaders led 30-16 at halftime and 52-26 after three, led by their strong backcourt of Kelly, Alicia Norman and Tedford.

Kelly had 24 points and 14 rebounds. Norman scored 17 and Tedford 12, on four second-half 3-pointers.

“I had to come out hard and put this team on my back,” Kelly said. “My coach (William Winfield) told me to be a leader and I had to show him that I am. We had a bad start so I had to get us going.”

Tiera Thomas scored 10 for Henry Ford.

More girls

Dearborn Divine Child 48, Waterford Lakes 39: Courtney Smithon had 21 points for Divine Child (2-12). Tiffany Senerius scored 20 for Lakes (10-4).

Farmington Hills Mercy 57, Warren Michigan Collegiate 20: Katie Coe had 10 points for Mercy (11-4). Lanae Foster scored 18 for Michigan Collegiate (6-8).

Grosse Ile 54, Monroe Jefferson 23: Erin Carney and Kate Tobin had 12 points each for Grosse Ile (13-2, 9-2 Huron). Jefferson is 5-11, 2-9.

Boys

Armada 41, Detroit Westside Christian Academy 38 (OT): Jared Couch had 12 points, including the tying basket with 6.3 seconds left in regulation, for Armada (9-5). Fred Lawson added 11. Jaylin Hall and James Jordan scored 14 each for West Side Christian.

Detroit Jalen Rose Academy 64, Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy 40: Fabio Strickland had 14 points and Scotty Abdullah 10 for Jalen Rose (9-4).

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