Detroit News All-Area girls basketball teams

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Cousino's Kierra Fletcher works out a double team of King's Micaela Kelly and Alicia Norman in the third quarter.

Here are the All-Detroit, All-North, All-West and All-East teams, as selected by The Detroit News.


Siyeh Frazier, 5-11, Sr., G, Detroit Renaissance

Frazier was an outstanding all-around player, helping Renaissance to the PSL title game. She averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists, scoring 37 in a 68-66 PSL final loss to King.

“Siyeh’s a tremendous leader and a phenomenal defender,” coach Kiwan Ward said. “She has a no-quit attitude and it would be hard to find a kid that plays better at both ends of the floor.”

Frazier will play at Penn State.

Micaela Kelly, 5-8, Sr., G, Detroit King

Kelly led King to the PSL championship and the Class A state title game, where she scored 34 at the Breslin Center in a loss to Warren Cousino. She averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

“She has a lot of speed and can handle the ball,” coach William Winfield said. “Her biggest improvement was shooting the ball from the perimeter. I’m proud of her because she took charge and became a leader.”

Kelly will play at DePaul.

Alicia Norman, 5-4, Jr., G, Detroit King

Norman was the orchestrator of King’s high-scoring offense, penetrating to score or to find the open player. She averaged 14 points and eight assists for the PSL champions.

“The thing about Norman is she has excessive speed and she can get to the basket and finish,” coach William Winfield said. “What people forget about her is she can shoot the ball, too.”

Tia Tedford, 5-8, Jr., G, Detroit King

Tedford was King’s perimeter threat, making 10 3-pointers in a game. She averaged 15 points, seven assists and four steals to help King win the PSL title and advance to the Class A championship game.

“We call her Big Shot Bob because she makes all the big shots for us,” coach William Winfield said. “She’s shown tremendous growth in that she can make the 3-pointer. She handles the ball well and is a good defender.”

Tiera Thomas, 5-10, Sr., G, Detroit Henry Ford

Thomas averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Henry Ford.

“Tiera is gifted on both sides of the ball,” coach LaTisha Wallace said. “She’s got it all, everything a coach could ever want, and she’s only going to get better. She’s a great competitor and a great teammate.”

Thomas is being recruited by Detroit, the University of Charleston, Wayne State and Saginaw Valley.

Coach: William Winfield, Detroit King

Winfield guided King back to the Class A championship game for the first time since 2006, falling to Warren Cousino in the title game. King also earned its fifth straight PSL championship.

“I’m proud of this group of kids,” Winfield said. “They played well together and played for each other and they could shoot the three-ball, averaging more than 10 threes a game. It was a fun year for us.”

Second team: De’Anna Fletcher, 5-10, Sr., F, Detroit Mumford; Brittany Hill, 5-9, Sr., G, Detroit Renaissance; Zoey Oatis, 5-11, Sr., F, Detroit Cass Tech; Nina Reynolds, 5-9, Jr., G, Detroit Renaissance; Ericka Smith, 5-4, So., G, Detroit Northwestern.

Third team: Rickea Jackson, 6-1, Fr., F-C, Detroit Edison; Jordan Lewis, 5-8, So., G, Detroit King; Tanesha McClure, 5-11, Sr., F-C, Detroit West Side Academy; Janae Sykes, 5-7, Sr., F, Detroit Central; Victoria Wright, 5-9, Jr., G, Detroit Renaissance.

Honorable mention: Dashawna Fowler, Detroit Cody; Maria Martin, Detroit Osborn; Erica Pruitt, Detroit Southeastern; Chiniya Sullivan, Detroit Central; Kendall Taylor, Detroit Denby; Del'Janae Williams, Detroit King.


Southfield Lathrup's Deja Church (20), brings the ball up court.

Deja Church, 5-9, Jr., G, Southfield-Lathrup

Church is an elite point guard, able to penetrate and score or find open teammates for high-percentage shots. She averaged 19.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists and three steals to put Lathrup among the top teams in the state, falling to Detroit King in a regional final.

“It is a joy coaching Deja and watching her play,” coach Michele Marshall said. “She is a hard-working student-athlete who competes every day, does everything you ask of her, and is humble and appreciates the opportunity to play basketball at the highest level.”

Erin Honkala, 6-2, Sr., C, Howell

Honkala was a force inside, averaging 16.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 3.3 steals to lead 20-3 Howell to KLAA division, association and conference championships, along with a Class A district title. She shot 60 percent from the field.

“She dominated inside, blocking shots and getting steals,” coach Tim Olszewski said, “She did everything well, was a great leader.”

Honkala will play at Northern Michigan.

Kristen Nelson, 5-9, Sr., G, Farmington Hills Harrison

Nelson averaged 15.4 points, five assists and 4.5 rebounds for Harrison, forming a strong 1-2 punch with Amber Stephens.

“Kris is an amazing team-first player,” coach Stefon Wilson said. “It was a joy to coach her. She has a very high basketball IQ and has great court vision. I really believe if she stays focused she will be an impact player for SIU sooner rather than later.”

Nelson will play at Southern Illinois.

Detroit Country Day's Destiny Pitts (33)

Destiny Pitts, 5-10, Jr., G, Detroit Country Day

Pitts averaged 17 points, 6.5 rebounds and four assists to help Country Day reach the Breslin Center for the Class B state semifinals after winning the championship last year. She showed her ability in the season opener, scoring 35 in a win over Midland Dow, 12 in the third quarter to rally her team back from a 16-point deficit.

“Destiny has a complete game where she can be effective inside or out and she does whatever she can to make us successful,” coach Frank Orlando said.

Pitts, who shot 50 percent from the field, has offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Marquette, Minnesota and Kansas State.

Kaitlyn Smith, 5-9, Sr., G, Holly

Smith averaged 21.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists to help Holly to a winning record.

“Kaitlyn is a player who looks out for her teammates,” coach David Hall said. “She will do what the team needs to be successful. She worked hard each summer to come back in the fall as a better player.”

Smith, who is Holly’s all-time leading scorer (1,243 points), will play at Lawrence Tech.

Coach: Mary Cicerone, Birmingham Marian

Cicerone lost all five starters from last year’s team, which won its second straight Class A state championship — three to graduation and the all-state Thomas sisters, Bailey and Samantha, who moved on to Las Vegas. With new starters, Marian went on to earn its second straight Catholic League title, then win another district championship before falling to eventual state champion Warren Cousino in the regional title game.

“Winning the Catholic League championship and playing in the regional final was a pretty satisfying season,” said Cicerone, who earned her 600th career win in the Class A district opener. “My expectations for this group of girls was to work really hard, improve every week, and be competitive in every game. The girls deserve all the credit because they worked hard and played as a team.”

Second team: Taiye Bello, 6-3, Sr., C, Southfield-Lathrup; Tylar Bennett, 6-3, So., C, Detroit Country Day; Antoinette Miller, 5-7, Sr., G, Southfield-Lathrup; Amber Stephens, 5-9, Sr., G, Farmington Hills Harrison; Kaela Webb, 5-6, So., G, Detroit Country Day.

Third team: Elizabeth Grobbel, 6-1, Sr., C, Birmingham Marian; Mackenzie Harbort, 5-8, Jr., Birmingham Seaholm; Kayla Luchenbach, 6-1, So., F, Clarkston; Olivia Moore, 5-10, Fr., G, Birmingham Marian; Maddie Novak, 5-10, Fr., G-F, Lake Orion.

Honorable mention: Jackie Bauer, Farmington Hills Mercy; Abby Butkiewicz, Oxford; Kayla Boyd, Ferndale; Quinoche Carter, Birmingham Groves; Kierra Crockett, North Farmington; Courtney Eckhout, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek; Alexis Johnson, Southfield; Ellie Mackay, Novi; Abbey Meissner, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest; Katie McEachern, Troy; Maxine Moore, Detroit Country Day; Maggie Rogers, Rochester Adams; Amanda Sape, Bloomfield Hills; Naomi Savas, Birmingham Roeper; Tiffany Senerius, Waterford Lakes; Cheryl Setlock, Wixom St. Catherine; Haley Tewes, Waterford Kettering; Akwia Tilton, Birmingham Roeper; Alex Troy, Waterford Lakes.


Nia Ahart, 5-4, Jr., G, Grosse Pointe Liggett

Ahart averaged 21.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 4.7 assists to help Liggett advance to the state quarterfinal, falling to eventual Class C state champion Ypsilanti Arbor Prep.

“I told her to treat every game like a tryout, go out every game and show the world that you are talented,” coach Omar Ahart said. “Those words were her motivating force for this season.”

Ahart has multiple Division 1 offers, including Seton Hall, Akron and Cleveland State.

Bree Bauer, 6-0, Jr., F, Port Huron Northern

Bauer averaged 12.5 points and 7.2 rebounds on a well-balanced scoring team to help Northern earn a share of the MAC Red title, defeating Class A state champion Warren Cousino in both meetings, while also earning district and regional championships.

“Bree is a very athletic post,” coach Mark Dickinson said. “She was a dominant player inside this year on both ends of the court. She uses her body well on offense and can finish inside with either hand. Bree also protected the paint, blocking or altering many shots, which allowed us to pressure the ball.”

Ashton Combs, 5-10, Sr., F, Imlay City

Combs averaged 21.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, three steals and two blocks to help Imlay City to a 15-8 record.

“Ashton is proof positive that if you work hard you will be rewarded,” coach Mike Banyas said. “She always has worked on her game when nobody was looking. She played all five spots for us this year. She is really a multiple-skill player in every sense of the word.”

Combs will play at Ferris State.

Warren Cousino's  Kierra Fletcher

Kierra Fletcher, 5-9, Jr., G, Warren Cousino

Fletcher averaged 23 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists and four steals to lead Cousino to its first Class A state championship. She consistently attacked the basket, getting to the line 230 times and converting on 71 percent of her free throws.

“Kierra is an amazing young lady who has a knack for splitting a double or triple team and still getting to the hoop,” coach Mike Lee said. “If she didn’t make the layup, she was going to get fouled.”

Fletcher has multiple Big Ten offers, including Minnesota and Illinois.

Payton Husson, 6-4, Sr., C, Marysville

Husson was a force for Marysville, averaging a double-double (15.5 points, 13.2 rebounds). She blocked four shots a game and altered others.

“Payton was the ultimate game changer, whether scoring inside, patrolling the paint, starting the break or deflecting passes,” coach Ryan Rathje said. “Her skill and finesse paired with her length and athleticism made her one of a kind.”

Husson will play at Binghamton.

Coach: Mike Lee, Warren Cousino

Lee, in his seventh season, guided Cousino to a share of the MAC Red title, then on an outstanding postseason run, ending with a Class A state championship, finishing with a 23-4 record.

“This was an amazing ride with 13 young ladies,” Lee said. “We lost the size battle most nights, but not the heart battle. They played with faith, great passion, but, most importantly, they found that there was a difference between winning and succeeding.”

Second team: Mackenzie Anderson, 5-6, Sr., F-C, Warren Cousino; Julia Ayrault, 6-0, Fr., G-F, Grosse Pointe North; Julia Cianferra, 5-9, Jr., G, Utica Ford; Teresa Diehl, 5-6, Sr., G, Warren Regina; Kiana Votava, 5-10, Sr., G-F, Port Huron Northern.

Third team: Nija Collier, 5-11, Jr., F, Roseville; Emily Langolf, 5-6, Jr., G, Macomb Dakota; Kate McArthur, 5-6, Fr., G, Warren Cousino; Nicole Meyer, 6-0, Sr., F, Utica Eisenhower; Rosalyn Williams, 5-6, Jr., G, Mount Clemens.

Honorable mention: Erin Armbruster, Grosse Pointe North; Karyssa Austin, Marine City; Nicole Austin, St. Clair Shores Lakeview; Erin Bracey, Center Line; Madeline Brender, Sterling Heights Stevenson; Victoria Dickow, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley; Lanae Foster, Warren Michigan Collegiate; Kelsey Gustafson, Armada; Ashley Harger, Warren Woods Tower; Sami Klink, Port Huron Northern; Kendall McConico, Grosse Pointe Liggett; Emily McPharlin, Grosse Pointe North; Taylor Mueller, Romeo; Kendall Ring, Sterling Heights; Courtney Russell, Warren Mott; Katie Snow, Grosse Pointe North; Ashleigh Thomas, Lutheran North; Devan Valko, Marysville; Natalie VanDerHaegen, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore; Cierra von Zittwitz, Utica; Khadajah Williams, St. Clair Shores South Lake; Tris'styn Williams, New Baltimore Anchor Bay; Kela Willis, Warren Fitzgerald


Kayla Brown, 5-8, Jr., G, Dearborn Heights Robichaud

Brown averaged 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists to help Robichaud to an 18-7 record and Class B state quarterfinal appearance.

“Kayla was phenomenal for us the whole season,” coach Jason Wilkins said. “She really worked hard in the offseason and that took her game to another level. She was the glue to our team that made everyone better.”

Arbor Prep's Nastassja Chambers

Nastassja Chambers, 5-9, Sr., G, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep

Chambers averaged 15 points, four rebounds and four assists to help Arbor Prep earn its first Class C state championship, contributing 24 points, seven steals and six assists in a semifinal win over Ithaca, then 14 points in the title-game victory over Traverse City St. Francis.

“Nastassja is a very versatile basketball player,” coach Rod Wells said. “She can score going to the basket or shooting jumpers. Nastassja could affect the game in many ways other than scoring, by rebounding the ball, passing the ball and doing other things well.”

Chambers will play at Wayne State.

Camree Clegg, 5-6, So., G, Wayne Memorial

Clegg averaged 23.8 points and 7.1 assists to help Wayne to a 16-5 record and a league championship game appearance after a sub-.500 season a year ago.

“Camree is an absolute dream to coach,” coach Jarvis Mitchell said. “She embodies everything a kid needs to be successful. She plays with her heart and pound for pound may be the toughest kid I’ve ever coached.”

Hailey Leidel, 5-11, Sr., G, Woodhaven

Leidel, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, contributed 23 points and nine rebounds a game to help Woodhaven to a 20-3 record and leaves as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,526 points.

“Hailey is one of the best student-athletes I have ever coached,” coach Rodney Scharboneau said. “She’s a very talented player who also has a desire to keep getting better and to compete at the highest level. She’s going to be successful in all that she decides to do.”

Leidel will play at Massachusetts.

Morgan Villemure, 6-1, Sr., G-F, Flat Rock

Villemure helped Flat Rock to a 55-1 record in conference play (Huron League) during her career. She averaged 16 points, six rebounds and three assists during her senior year, shooting 51 percent from the field.

“Morgan was able to take on many roles on the court to help her team be successful,” said coach Marc Villemure. “She also had her best games in big games when we needed it.”

Villemure will play at Lake Superior State.

Coach: Rod Wells, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep

Wells built Arbor Prep’s program from the ground up when the charter school opened, guiding the team to the Class C state championship in Year No. 5 with four junior starters.

“Our ability to defend half court and make outside shots made this team very special,” said Wells of Arbor Prep, which defeated numerous state powers, including a Bay City John Glenn team that advanced to the Class B semifinals. “We felt we could shut any team down with our defense.”

Wells has a career record of 103-17 at Arbor Prep.

Second team: Mia Long, 5-6, Sr., G, Ann Arbor Huron; Jessica Moorman, 6-0, Jr., F, Northville; Ro’zhane Wells, 5-5, Jr., G, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep; Chea Rael-Whitsitt, 6-0, Sr., C, Ann Arbor Huron; Natalie Winters, 5-10, Sr., G, Canton.

Third team: Brook Adams, 6-1, Jr., C, Northville; Erin Fish, 5-8, Sr., G, Allen Park; Linda Kobeissi, 5-9, Sr., G, Dearborn; Kamaria McDaniel, 6-0, Jr., F, Dearborn Heights Robichaud; Katelyn Sherwood, 5-9, So., G, Belleville.

Honorable mention: Amara Chikwe, Wayne Memorial; Isabelle Clark, Wyandotte; Sophia Dimilia, New Boston Huron; Brianna Finn, Canton; Erin Hult, Canton; Kallie McElroy, Taylor Baptist Park; Victoria Perez, Belleville; Taylor Robinson, Westland John Glenn; Kimah Stribling, Westland John Glenn; Katie Thorington, Wyandotte