Southfield — Detroit King senior guard Jordan Lewis stepped up during the second half Monday night to make sure her team would play another day, helping rally King to a 50-37 Class A regional semifinal win over Southfield A&T with her longtime head coach in the hospital.
King played without head coach William Winfield, who is closing in on his 700th career win. He suffered a stroke on Friday, missing the district final, and is recovering in an area hospital.
King was coached by Gwen Burton who played for Winfield during the late ’80s before moving on to Louisville, then being an assistant coach at Chicago State and Eastern Illinois.
Burton went to Winfield’s house after the district final, found him and helped get him to the hospital.
“First game he missed in 37 years,” Burton said. “He’s doing well. He fell ill last week and he’s in the hospital, but if they give him a clear bill of health hopefully he’ll be back next week. He suffered a stroke and he’s still in the hospital, though.”
Lewis said she plans to win a state title for Coach Winfield and she played like it.
Lewis made a 3-pointer as time expired in the third quarter, giving King (16-3) a 37-35 lead.
Then, 5-foot-10 junior forward Alexis Johnson scored inside to pull Southfield A&T (16-6) even at 37 with 7:10 left, but King held A&T scoreless the rest of the game, playing strong defense, forcing turnovers out of its trap and scoring in transition.
“I just felt like we needed to score so I just focused and shot the ball,” said Lewis of her 3-pointer to start the game-ending 16-2 run. “We just played strong, straight-up defense, locked up and caused problems. We put it in our heads that we were just playing straight up defense and not reaching.
“Everybody on the team is really close to Coach Winfield and my goal for him is to get him one more state championship.”
Lewis finished with 21 points, five rebounds and five steals. She got a steal after an A&T player grabbed a rebound and scored, then made a free throw to complete the three-point play for a 44-37 lead with 2:29 remaining, also giving Shawna Manning her fourth foul in the process.
“We’re going to put everything on Jordan’s back this year,” said Burton of Lewis. “I believe that she can actually bring us a championship here, first time since 2006 when we last won the state championship. We talked all the time about trusting her teammates and she’s done that during the tournament.”
The teams have developed a strong postseason rivalry in the past few years with King defeating Southfield-Lathrup in the 2016 regional final, then advancing to the state championship game before Southfield A&T avenged the loss last season, advancing to the Final Four at the Breslin Center.
Johnson had 17 points and nine rebounds, D’Layna Holliman and Cheyenne McEvans each scored nine for A&T.
Mariah Mitchell scored 10, and Diamond Cannon had eight points and eight rebounds for King.
King will face Renaissance in Thursday’s regional championship game. Renaissance dominated King in the PSL semifinal, 73-48, on Feb. 12.
Detroit Renaissance 58, Dearborn Fordson 34: Freshman point guard Kailee Davis had 20 points and eight assists to lead PSL runner-up Renaissance (16-7) to the semifinal win over Fordson (21-3).
Fordson led 22-20 at halftime and stayed with Renaissance for most of the third quarter by playing well out of its zone defense.
Renaissance scored five during the final 10 seconds of the third quarter with 6-1 freshman center Shannon Wheeler scoring inside, then Davis getting a steal and scoring on a three-point play (basket and free throw) out of the press to open up a 37-29 lead.
Davis was held scoreless for 18 minutes before her three-point play, with Fordson point guard Rana El-Husseini (14 points, six assists) and senior center KiKi Darwiche (six points, eight rebounds) playing well.
But Davis — who picked up her second and third fouls late in the first half — stayed on the court without committing a second-half foul and helped Renaissance dominate the fourth quarter when she scored nine points and dished out four assists while her team was getting transition baskets after getting steals and blocking shots.
Wheeler had a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) for Renaissance.
Hartland 45, Dexter 24: Emily Messner scored 12 and Graysen Cockerham added 10 for Hartland (19-5). Ryleigh Bavineau scored eight for Dexter (14-9).
Waterford Lakes 58, Novi Franklin Road Christian 38: Isabelle Kline scored 17 for Lakes (17-4).
Birmingham Brother Rice 3, Davison 2 (2OT): Nick Marone scored two goals and Luke Kafati one to send Brother Rice (16-12-1) to the Division 2 semifinals.
At New Baltimore Anchor Bay
Grosse Pointe North 53, Macomb Dakota 51
Warren Cousino 40, Sterling Heights Stevenson 31
At Southfield A&T
Detroit King 50, Southfield A&T 37
Detroit Renaissance 58, Dearborn Fordson 34
Saginaw Heritage 57, Marquette 24
Flint Carman-Ainsworth 63, Davison 44
At West Bloomfield
Clarkston 44, Bloomfield Hills Marian 34
Waterford Kettering 48, Utica Eisenhower 45 (OT)
At Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
Coldwater 61, Okemos 38
East Lansing 64, Kalamazoo Central 59
At Zeeland East
Hudsonville 50, East Grand Rapids 48
Muskegon 58, Caledonia 51
At Wyandotte Roosevelt
Belleville 63, Allen Park 47
Wayne Memorial 60, Trenton 27
At Walled Lake Western
Hartland 45, Dexter 24
Walled Lake Western 57, Northville 41
Edwardsburg 44, Allegan 22
Hamilton 52, Niles 37
Fowlerville 52, Charlotte 30
Jackson Northwest 43, Marshall 42
Jackson Michigan Center 57, Dearborn Henry Ford 41
New Boston Huron 43, Ida 37
At Livonia Clarenceville
Detroit Mumford 83, Detroit Collegiate Prep 38
Harper Woods Chandler Park 64, River Rouge 59
Detroit Country Day 74, North Branch 20
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 46, Marysville 34
Birch Run 45, Corunna 39
Freeland 70, Goodrich 55 (OT)
GR South Christian 55, Howard City Tri-County 36
Muskegon Oakridge 48, Comstock Park 45
Big Rapids 54, Ogemaw Heights 35
Kingsley 49, Sault Ste Marie 45
At New Haven
Detroit Edison 87, New Haven 13
Royal Oak Shrine 46, Wixom St. Catherine 25
Flint Beecher 57, Sandusky 54
Unionville-Sebewaing 70, Saginaw Michigan Lutheran 61
At Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian
Hemlock 39, Grandville Calvin Christian 26
Pewamo-Westphalia 48, Laingsburg 33
At Morley Stanwood
Kent City 61, Beaverton 39
Mason County Central 50, Morley Stanwood 45
Niles Brandywine 36, Bronson 33
Schoolcraft 47, Kalamazoo Hackett 36
Manchester 50, Monroe St Mary Catholic Central 48
Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 51, Grass Lake 38
Charlevoix 50, Lincoln Alcona 29
Maple City Glen Lake 71, Houghton Lake 36
Ishpeming 59, Iron River West Iron County 55
St Ignace 68, Houghton 34
At St. Ignace
Cedarville 56, Harbor Spring Harbor Light 34
Gaylord St. Mary 73, Rudyard 51
Bark River-Harris 51, Crystal Falls Forest Park 44
Chassell 52, Munising 46
At Allen Park Inter-City Baptist
Marine City Cardinal Mooney 51, Inter-City Baptist 45
Waterford Lakes 58, Novi Franklin Road 38
Fulton 30, Bay City All Saints 15
Kingston 60, Burton St Thomas More 19
At Burr Oak
Athens 43, St Joseph Michigan Lutheran 31
Martin 50, Wyoming Potter’s House 28
Adrian Lenawee Christian 62, Portland St Patrick 53
Plymouth Christian 45, Camden-Frontier 41
At Big Rapids Crossroads Academy
Fruitport Calvary 52, Bear Lake 33
Mt Pleasant Sacred Heart 64, Onekama 24
Bellaire 45, Mio 18
Rogers City 54, Frankfort 51
Saginaw Heritage vs. Macomb Dakota, at Flint, 6
Traverse City West vs. Holland West Ottawa, at Ferris State, 7
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook vs. Detroit CC, at UM, 6
Lowell vs. Brighton, at Dimondale, 7:40
Hartland 6, Midland Dow 1
Ada Forest Hills Eastern 1, Kingsford 0
Trenton 3, Livonia Stevenson 1
Birmingham Brother Rice 3, Davison 2, 2OT
Riverview Gabriel Richard vs. Chelsea, at UM, 8
Livonia Churchill vs. GP Liggett, at Farmington, 7
Hancock vs. Big Rapids, at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:30
Grand Rapids CC vs. Detroit Country Day, at MSU, 7