Southfield — Detroit King acting head coach Gwen Burton said earlier in the week that King will go as far as senior guard Jordan Lewis will lead it.
Well, Lewis made sure King avenged an embarrassing PSL semifinal loss to Detroit Renaissance with a 40-36 victory Thursday night in the Class A regional championship game, dedicating the title to head coach William Winfield who suffered a stroke last Friday.
King (17-3) will face the Grosse Pointe North-Warren Cousino winner in a 5 p.m. quarterfinal Tuesday at Southfield A&T, the same site as the regional final.
Lewis had 19 points and 10 rebounds and sparked a second-half comeback, scoring 12 of her points to turn a 23-19 halftime deficit into a 36-32 lead.
And, King led the rest of the way. Renaissance (16-8) pulled within 38-34 with just under six minutes left, but didn’t score again until Dalyn Henderson’s inside basket with 30 seconds remaining to pull within 38-36. Lewis made a free throw and Kelah Dancy made another in the final 20 seconds.
So, what was the difference between the first and second half for Lewis?
“I couldn’t get going in the first half so I decided to stop trying to force the ball because Renaissance was keying in on me, so I would pass and cut and try to get the open shot,” Lewis said. “I just had to stay mentally strong. Even though I was missing in the first half, I stayed mentally strong and I just tried to score, not force things though.
“Burger (Del’Janae Williams) was my biggest help (in second half), so we just worked together and when we got the lead, it was like we’re going to keep this lead.”
Kailee Davis, a 5-foot-3 freshman point guard, torched King with 32 points in Renaissance’s 73-48 win in the PSL semifinals back on Feb. 12.
King limited Davis to 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting in the rematch, limiting her to two points in the second half.
“We focused on the pick and roll, their main offense is the pick and roll so we focused on that and we tried to trap her (Davis) because she’s small since she wouldn’t see over the trap, that’s what we focused on in practice,” Lewis said.
Williams scored eight for King. Henderson finished with 16 for Renaissance.
Burton said the two regional wins go to Winfield’s coaching record.
“That’s 701 for him now,” said Burton of Winfield, who was closing in on his milestone 700th career win before falling ill last week. “I’m putting these on him. He got out of the hospital Tuesday night and we visited him (after regional semifinal win over Southfield A&T) and told him we got him his 700th win. He told us to win tonight and that’s exactly what we did. We’re going to see him tonight, take the trophy to him.”
And, on stopping Davis?
“On the all ball screen we decided to trap and make her go away from the basket and give it up more,” said Burton of slowing down Davis.
“In the second half, we went to our triangle and two so we had to rely on our defense this time. Defense always wins games so I’m happy we won this time off our defense.”
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Athens 41, Martin 28
Bellaire 46, Rogers City 43 (2OT)
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Clarkston 50, Waterford Kettering 33
Detroit Edison Public School Academy 71, Royal Oak Shrine Catholic 29
Detroit Martin Luther King 40, Detroit Renaissance 36
East Lansing 54, Coldwater 40
Freeland 56, Birch Run 44
Gaylord St. Mary 61, Cedarville 51
Grosse Pointe North 57, Warren Cousino 45
Hamilton 43, Edwardsburg 26
Hartland 60, Walled Lake Western 56
Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 67, Detroit Mumford 48
Jackson Northwest 48, Fowlerville 43
Kent City 45, Mason County Central 27
Kingsley 56, Big Rapids 39
Maple City Glen Lake 66, Charlevoix 35
Michigan Center 49, New Boston Huron 36
Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart 37, Fruitport Calvary Christian 20
Muskegon 51, Hudsonville 45 (OT)
Muskegon Oakridge 64, Grand Rapids South Christian 59
Pewamo-Westphalia 45, Hemlock 29
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St. Ignace 70, Ishpeming 56
Wayne Memorial 66, Belleville 36
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Detroit News staff contributed