They dressed in basketball uniforms, but prepared for a fight.
That’s why, even after jumping out to an early double-digit lead in its matchup with Detroit Renaissance Thursday night, Detroit Mumford girls basketball coach Kareem Hogan didn’t stray from his message: Whatever happens, be sure to throw the last punch.
“I just told them, if they hit us in the mouth, we got to take it,” Hogan said. “My girls showed a lot of resiliency.”
Not only did Mumford (11-3, 5-0 PSL West) end up throwing the last punch, it hit Renaissance (9-5, 4-1 PSL West) with knockout power: A 12-0 fourth-quarter run, capped off by eight points in the final three minutes from junior guard Adoria Williams, led Hogan’s team to first place in the PSL West with a 74-66, victory.
“Even though we jumped out to a lead, I knew they would come back,” Hogan said. “They start four freshman, and they all can play. They’re tough, and I think they’re well-coached.”
Still, it comes as no surprise that it was Hogan’s veteran leaders who took control when it mattered most. Williams’ fourth-quarter performance followed a tough third-quarter slump.
“[Williams] was kind of rocky in the end of the third, start of the fourth. We sat her down, I got on her a bit, and she responded,” Hogan said. “She was getting to the lane at will down the stretch.”
Tiara Earnest scored 24, the junior’s fifth straight game with more than 20 points, finishing 8-for-10 from the free-throw line and making four 3-pointers.
The young Renaissance squad made the game interesting at every turn. It turned Mumford’s double-digit lead on its head by opening the second quarter on a 9-0 run, closed Mumford’s lead to four at the half, and nine fourth-quarter points from senior Dalyn Henderson, who scored 18, put Renaissance up one in the fourth.
Mumford’s lone senior, 6-foot-3 center Zamaria Polk, finally met her match in the paint in 6-foot-2 center Catherine Ndukwa. An even match on paper, perhaps, but one that Hogan knew would give his team the edge longterm. Polk grabbed 20 rebounds and scored 10.
“She’s the best rebounder I’ve ever coached,” Hogan said. “I just have a lot of confidence in her to go against anybody in the state.”
Kailee Davis scored 19 points for Renaissance.
Brooklyn Taylor made eight assists for Mumford, and Jaquioa Jackson came up big time after time on the defensive end.
“Her defense was phenomenal,” Hogan said.
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