David Goricki predicts girls basketball semifinal winners
Warren Cousino entered this season in search of its first regional title.
This year, it finally came away with the title, then defeated Northville in the quarterfinals to make its way to Breslin Center and the Class A state girls basketball semifinals.
“Being 36 years old, I’m going to sure in the heck enjoy it, and I’m sure a 15-, 16-, 17-year-old is going to, too,” Cousino coach Mike Lee said.
Cousino (21-4) has limited its last three opponents to 30 points, and next up is a game against Hudsonville on Friday.
Hudsonville (23-3) also won its first regional title, then limited Taryn McCutcheon (Michigan State) to nine points (4-for-27) in an upset of East Lansing.
Pick: Cousino by 2
■Detroit King (22-1) vs. St. Johns (22-3): King has several weapons, while St. Johns is making its first semifinal appearance in 19 years. King by 6
■Detroit Country Day (24-1) vs. Grand Rapids South Christian (24-2): Country Day returns the majority of its roster from last year’s title team. Country Day by 5
■Bay City John Glenn (25-1) vs. Marshall (24-1): Marshall has had an outstanding season, but John Glenn is loaded, led by Miss Basketball finalist Cassidy Boensch. John Glenn by 8
■Niles Brandywine (24-2) vs. Traverse City St. Francis (25-1): Makenna Hartline is a double-double machine for Brandywine, but St. Francis is playing well defensively. St. Francis by 1
■Ypsilanti Arbor Prep (23-2) vs. Ithaca (24-2): Arbor Prep reached the semifinals last year and is led by guard Nastassja Chambers. Arbor Prep by 7
■Waterford Lakes (20-4) vs. Pittsford (25-0): Lakes makes another run to Breslin, but it’s a short one as Pittsford counters with Maddie Clark and Jaycie Burger. Pittsford by 10
■Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart (23-1) vs. Stephenson (24-2): Look for Averi Gamble to be the difference for Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart by 6
GIRLS BASKETBALL SEMIFINALS-FINALS
All games at Breslin Center, East Lansing
Class A — Friday
Detroit King vs. St. Johns, 1 p.m.
Warren Cousino vs. Hudsonville, 2:50 p.m.
Class B — Friday
Detroit Country Day vs. Grand Rapids South Christian, 6 p.m.
Marshall vs. Bay City John Glenn, 7:50 p.m.
Class C — Thursday
Niles Brandywine vs. Traverse City St. Francis, 1 p.m.
Ypsilanti Arbor Prep vs. Ithaca, 2:50 p.m.
Class D — Thursday
Waterford Lakes vs. Pittsford, 6 p.m.
Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart vs. Stephenson, 7:50 p.m.