Saturday's girls basketball: King claims 6th straight PSL title

Al Willman
Special to The Detroit News
Detroit King guard Alicia Norman (22) puts up a shot against Detroit Mumford during the fourth quarter.

Detroit — For Detroit King girls basketball coach William Winfield, the constant for his 25 Detroit Public School championships, including the last six after Saturday’s 55-33 win over Detroit Mumford at Calihan Hall, isn’t with the coach — as the number of titles may suggest.

It’s with the players.

“We get good players,” Winfield said. “We’ve been blessed in that regard.

Tia Tedford had 17 points to lead King (18-1). Alicia Norman scored 13 and Jordan Lewis had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Donnetta Colbert had 10 points for Mumford (13-6). Chasidey Willis had eight and Zamaria Polk had seven.

With five minutes left in the first quarter, Polk was given credit for a basket on a shot that went off the rim. The call was not overturned, and gave Mumford a 4-3 lead at the time.

King went on a 5-0 run in the next three minutes before Colbert snapped the scoring drought with a layup with two minutes left.

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After one, King led 10-6.

With six minutes left in the half, King had a 13-10 lead.

Then both teams went on a five minute stretch in which neither scored, before a Mariah Mitchell put back made it 15-10 with 1:53 left.

King led 22-11 at the half.

It appeared that a 3-pointer from Tedford with about a minute left in the second quarter put some life into the King offense.

King poured it on to start the second half, opening up a 31-14 lead with 3:59 left. Mumford clawed back, but King had a 37-20 lead after three quarters.

“We were conservative in that first half,” Winfield said. “In the second half, we just said ‘Let’s go all out. We play much better when we speed up the game.’ And that’s what happened.”

After the game Norman was named to the All-PSL first team and the league’s Miss Basketball.

“It’s all right because everybody doesn’t get that,” said Norman, a four-time PSL champion. “We’re playing for a big coach.”

Mumford coach Kareem Hogan said his team was hamstrung by the number of points it left on the floor. As a team, Mumford missed 15 free-throws and nine layups.

“I think the first time on the big stage, that took a toll on us,” he said.

But Hogan was optimistic for the rest of his season, which starts this week with PSL crossover games that are yet to be determined.

“Now, understanding that when the lights are on, as far as the big stage, we’ve got to come out and play aggressive early,” Hogan said.

All-PSL girls teams

First team

Da’Shawnna Fowler, Detroit Cody

Anjanae Horton, Detroit Northwestern

C’erra Maholmes, Detroit East English

Alicia Norman, Detroit King

Chasidey Willis, Detroit Mumford

Second team

Caprice Brown, Detroit Denby

Alexis Crawford, Detroit West Side Academy

Vantanae Garrett, Detroit CMA

Nina Reynolds, Detroit Renaissance

Victoria Wright, Detroit Renaissance

Third team

Caitlyn Harrison, Detroit International Academy

Keeiona Howse, Detroit Southeastern

Tia Tedford, Detroit King

Taniesna Thurman, Detroit Cody

Shardaye Yharborugh, Detroit Mumford

More games

River Rouge 56, Detroit Consortium 30: Moriyah Hamell had 17 points, Mikayla Cooper added 13 and Lamaryee Williams 12 to lead River Rouge (14-4) in the Michigan Metro Athletic Conference A Division title game.

Detroit Community 70, Detroit Henry Ford Academy 39: Passion Hargrove scored 24 points  while Alana Jackson finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead Community in the MMAC B Division title game. Erin Floyd added 15 points and Takeya Moody had 10 points and 10 assists for Community (7-5).

Al Willman is a freelance writer.