Detroit — Renaissance’s flashy 5-foot-3 freshman point guard Kailee Davis stole the spotlight in a PSL semifinal game Monday night while helping to dethrone six-time defending champion Detroit King, 73-48.
Davis scored 32, making 3-pointers, floaters, scoring in transition and setting up her teammates off of penetration moves while fouling out King’s players one by one.
Sure, King has been beaten in semifinal games before — 52-47 the last time it happened, by Pershing in 2011 — but never like this. Renaissance (12-6), which suffered a 42-40 loss to King earlier in the season, plas Mumford (15-3) in the 5 p.m. championship game Friday at Calihan Hall.
Renaissance took control at the end of the second quarter, using a 20-7 run to open up a 37-24 lead at the break. It was Davis and 5-8 senior Dalyn Henderson as the catalysts of the pivotal run, with Davis scoring seven and setting up Henderson, who had 11, including a 3-pointer as time expired in the half.
“I just came out and did my best to help my team win,” said Davis, who was 14-for-15 on free throws, making as many as King missed (10-for-24). “I tried to knock down shots and get to the basket to set my teammates up. This win means a lot to us.
“We got that run and it was important. We knew we had to keep our composure, not get too excited and just stay positive and keep playing. I feel we played well defensively, didn’t let them get in the middle and made them have contested 3s.”
King (13-3) was just 5-for-14 on free throws in the first half, also missing the front end of two 1-on-1s.
Davis got the fans out of their seats and cheering with her ball-handling, while getting King standout guards Jordan Lewis and Del-Janae Williams in foul trouble — three each — in the first half.
Davis then scored all 10 of Renaissance’s points during a 10-6 run in the third to open up a 49-34 cushion.
Henderson finished with 18 points for Renaissance, which as a team was 24-for-29 on free throws.
Lewis scored 18 for King and Diamond Cannon had 10 points.
MUMFORD 66, NORTHWESTERN 27
Mumford used its size and quickness to overwhelm Northwestern to advance to the championship game.
Adoreya Williams, a 5-3 junior guard, set the tempo by scoring eight, including a 3-pointer and a three-point play (basket and free throw), during a 10-0 run in the game’s first three minutes — a span in which Mumford forced six turnovers with its full-court pressure.
Mumford extended the lead to 18-2 with 3:15 left in the quarter, then held pushed the lead to 24-3 after one.
Monica Williams, a 5-6 sophomore forward, scored 12 for Mumford; Adoreya Williams had 10 points and six assists; and 6-3 center Zamaria Polk — the team’s lone senior — nine points and 14 rebounds.
Ajanee Horton scored 11 for Northwestern.
Detroit Henry Ford Academy Creative Studies 76, Harper Woods 71
Grand Blanc 65, Northville 58
Warren Michigan Collegiate 71, Romulus Summit Academy North 62
West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy 61, Troy Leadership Academy 52
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Dearborn Heights Crestwood 82, Dearborn Edsel Ford 73: Maya Barakat had 35 points for Crestwood (6-10). Danya Ahmood scored 17 for Edsel Ford.
Harper Woods Chandler Park 78, Flint Beecher 44: Emaia O’Brien had 21 points, Taylor Walton 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Diamond Williams 18 points for Chandler Park.
Macomb Dakota 64, Sterling Heights 54: Taylor Williams had 20 points and 14 rebounds, Tera Bieniewicz 17 points; and Cameron Grant 10 points and 15 rebounds for Dakota (14-3). Brenna Kassab scored 17, Tatyana Hardwick 15 and Katie Schultz 14 for Sterling Heights (6-10).
Madison Heights Lamphere 53, Warren Lincoln 44: Destiny Carr had 20 points, Lauren Mexico 16 and Jasmine Ellis 13 for Lamphere (8-9). Amari Davis-Dobbs scored 18 for Lincoln (8-9).
Peck 70, Akron-Fairgrove 9: Zac Dudley had 17 points and Ean Sell 12 for Peck (12-3).
St. Clair Shores Lakeview 67, Center Line 47: Alicia Bullano had 30 points and Joslyn Brennan 18 for Lakeview (17-0). Center is 5-12.
Sterling Heights 52, Eastpointe 46: Mallot Dushaj had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, and Tyler Shaba 12 points for Sterling Heights (7-8).
Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 72, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 39: Micah McLain had 29 points, five rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and three steals for Parkway Christian (9-5, 4-3 MIAC Blue).
West Bloomfield 48, Bloomfield Hills 42: Tre Harvey had 18 points and Jalen Kelso 14 for West Bloomfield (9-6). Tyler Canfield scored 15 and Grant Ellis 10 for Bloomfield Hills (4-13).
Austin Catholic 43, Macomb Christian 38: Alex Krest had 16 points and Benjamin Brown 10 for Austin Catholic (1-9). Kenan Stewart scored 17 for Macomb Christian (0-17).
Detroit Cornerstone 81, Southfield Bradford 67: Alante Coward had 20 points, and Damon Gilmore and Jalen Young both scored 17 for Cornerstone (9-4). Charles Johnson scored 18 for Southfield Bradford.
Detroit Loyola 52, Detroit Western 45: Myron Gardner had 20 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four assists, and Lyn-Derrick Brown scored 10 for Detroit Loyola (7-8).
Grosse Pointe North 58, Port Huron 35: Julia Ayrault had 21 points and Josie Ciaravino 16 for Grosse Pointe North (13-3). Nicole Mallory scored 16 for Port Huron (6-12).
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Macomb Dakota 78, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 47: Ryan Rollins had 25 points and Joshua Hines 20 points for Dakota (11-3, 9-1 MAC Red), which won the MAC Red. Tyrique Harris scored 10 for L’Anse Creuse North (5-9, 2-7 MAC Red).
Melvindale 57, Southgate Anderson 52: Toriano Bibbs had 18 points and DeAngelo Page 15 points for Melvindale (6-9, 6-6 Downriver League). Devin Fields scored 22 for Anderson (7-9, 5-6 Downriver League).
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Warren De La Salle 76, Sterling Heights Stevenson 52: Kole Gjonaj had 15 points and Keith Larson 12 for De La Salle (11-5). Ethan Peck scored 18 for Stevenson (10-6).
Austin Catholic 45, Memphis 16
Carleton Airport 55, Grosse Ile 44
Flat Rock 77, Milan 44
Harper Woods 71, Detroit Henry Ford Creative Studies 27
Madison Heights Madison 45, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 24
Warren Cousino 54, Utica 45
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