Ypsilanti — Kashyra Jackson made two of the biggest shots of her life Thursday night to help Ypsilanti Arbor Prep defeat defending Class C state champion Detroit Edison — the No. 1 ranked in the state regardless of class affiliation — 54-49 at Arbor Prep.
The teams could meet again in the Class C state championship game in March. Arbor Prep lost to Detroit Country Day in last year’s Class B state championship game after winning the Class C state title in 2016.
Edison (6-1) never led, but erased a 12-point deficit when it used a 14-2 run to pull even at 38 with Shaulana Wagner’s transition basket with 5:40 remaining.
But, Arbor Prep answered with a 7-0 run, starting with a driving layup by Bradley-bound guard Lasha Petree and followed by Jackson’s 3-pointer from the left corner and two free throws by Mahri Petree to open up a 45-38 cushion.
Arbor Prep (7-3) pushed the lead to 50-40 with under two minutes remaining following a 3-pointer from Jackson from the right corner and two free throws by Lasha Petree.
“We knew we had to keep our composure near the end of the game, Coach (Scott Stine) really stressed that,” Jackson said. “I just had to stay confident and I just had to follow through on my shot and I did that tonight.”
Jackson finished with nine points. Mahri Petree scored a game-high 16, Lasha Petree scored 10 and Sasha Thomas, eight.
“We’ve been a work in progress all season and we told the girls no matter what happened in this game we’re not going to get too high or too low, but we did things tonight, executed our press breaker pretty darn good and had kids knock down big shots,” Arbor Prep coach Scott Stine said.
“After they pulled even it was absolute composure by our kids and to be honest that’s been one of our weaknesses this year, when we get fatigued we lose our mind and that didn’t happen tonight.”
Gabrielle Elliott and freshman Damiya Hagemann each scored 11 for Edison which converted just 8-of-19 free throws. Rickea Jackson, a 6-foot-3 junior and the state’s top player, was limited to eight points.