David Goricki’s girls basketball state finals MVPs
David Goricki of The Detroit News selects an MVP from each of the four girls basketball state championship games.
Shine Stickland-Gills, 6-1, Jr., F, Saginaw Heritage: Strickland-Gills had 12 points (6-of-9 shooting) and 12 rebounds to help Heritage to a 43-23 rebounding edge in a 57-36 state championship game win over previously unbeaten East Lansing and Miss Basketball award winner Jaida Hampton (1-of-13, six points).
Jasmine Powell, 5-8, Jr., G, Detroit Country Day: Powell, a point guard known more for her defense, set the tempo by scoring 12 first-quarter points to give her team a 23-13 lead on its way to repeating as state champions in the 64-48 win over Jackson Northwest. She finished with 19 points, four assists and four steals.
Gabrielle Elliott, 5-10, So., G, Detroit Edison: Elliott scored 20, including 10 during the third quarter to help Edison open an 18-point lead on its way to a 51-34 state championship win over Ypsilanti Arbor Prep to repeat as state champs. She made 8-of-12 shots while her teammates combined to shoot less than 25 percent (11-for-45).
Bree Salenbien, 6-2, Fr., G, Adrian Lenawee Christian: Salenbien, who already owns offers from Minnesota and Xavier, had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help Lenawee Christian earn its first state championship with a 57-36 win over previously unbeaten Chassell. She made a short jumper in the paint with four seconds left in overtime for the difference in a 46-44 semifinal win over Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart on Thursday.