David Goricki of The Detroit News selects the top girls basketball players in the Metro Detroit area.
Kailee Davis, 5-3, Fr., G, Detroit Renaissance
Davis was a freshman phenom for Renaissance, averaging 18 points, five assists and 3.5 steals to lead her team to the PSL championship game and a Class A regional final appearance. “Kailee is fearless despite her stature, not afraid to take the ball against anyone and that just encouraged the rest of her team,” Coach Kiwan Ward said. “She was our leading scorer, but she’s unselfish, gets her teammates involved and she’s always speaking about we as in the team instead of I.”
Gabrielle Elliott, 5-10, So., G, Detroit Edison
Elliott showed her ability to take over a game by scoring 10 third-quarter points to help Edison open up an 18-point lead in its Class C state championship game win over Ypsilanti Arbor Prep. She averaged 16.5 points and four rebounds to help Edison repeat as state champions. “She can do so many things, she can shoot, she can dribble, just a very special player because she plays multiple positions,” Coach Monique Brown said.
Rickea Jackson, 6-3, Jr., F, Detroit Edison
Jackson was one of the top players in the state, showing her ability to dominate a game with her scoring and shot blocking ability. She averaged 22.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and two blocks to help Edison repeat as Class C state champions. “She’s so versatile, her length as a guard, her aggressiveness as a forward or a post and she can rebound and shoot, just multi-talented,” Coach Monique Brown said. Jackson has multiple offers from national powers, including Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee, along with Michigan State, Texas and Florida.
Jordan Lewis, 5-10, Sr., G, Detroit King
Lewis showed her ability to score in bunches, leading King to a Class A regional title. She averaged 15 points, 10.3 rebounds and five assists. “She could penetrate or make the 3-pointer, could also defend and rebound,” Coach Gwen Burton said. “She was a good leader in the locker room and on the floor.” Lewis has offers from Arkansas Pine Bluff and Grand Canyon (Arizona) University.
Zamaria Polk, 6-2, Sr., C, Detroit Mumford
Polk was a force inside, averaging a double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds) to help lead Mumford to its first PSL championship since 1978 and a Class B regional final appearance. “She was a great defender and rebounder, capable of blocking or altering shots,” Coach Kareem Hogan said. “She ran the floor well and was a good passer.” Polk has been offered by Youngstown State and Buffalo.
Coach of the Year: Kareem Hogan, Detroit Mumford
Hogan guided Mumford to its first PSL championship since 1978, then a district championship and a regional title game appearance in his ninth year of leading the program. “We had a great defensive team,” Hogan said. “The players bought in and played tenacious defense and they were very unselfish, sharing the ball to get the best shot.”
Saphire Dawson, 6-0, Sr., C, Detroit Collegiate Prep/Northwestern; Vantane Garrett, 5-7, Sr., G, Detroit CMA; Damiya Hagemann, 5-7, Fr., G, Detroit Edison; Dalyn Henderson, 5-8, Sr., G, Detroit Renaissance; Del’Janae Williams, 5-8, Jr., G, Detroit King.
Shanea Dinwiddie, 6-1, Jr., F, Detroit Mumford; Maria Martin, 5-11, Sr., C, Detroit Osborn; Courtney Stone, 5-7, Sr., G, Detroit Cody; Shannon Wheeler, 6-1, Fr., C, Detroit Renaissance; Adoreya Williams, 5-5, Jr., G, Detroit Mumford.
Mya Bradley, Detroit Cody; Destinee Bullock, Detroit Henry Ford; Biancee Campbell, Detroit Henry Ford; Nikiya Cordell, Detroit Collegiate Prep/Northwestern; Amara Croft, Detroit Henry Ford; Krystal Crosby, Detroit Delta Prep; Tiara Earnest, Detroit Mumford; Caprice Edwards, Detroit Osborn; Iyshane Ford, Detroit DIA; Anjanee Horton, Detroit Collegiate Prep/Northwestern; Raven Jackson, Detroit West Side; Kennedy Kearney, Detroit Cass Tech; Lazariah Martin, Detroit DIA; Angelica McBeafulu, Detroit Renaissance; Keyana McCraney, Detroit Southeastern; Kiara McGowan, Detroit Cody; Catherine Ndukwe, Detroit Renaissance; Tia Pensley, Detroit CMA; Rachel Robinson, Detroit Leadership; Brianna Smith, Detroit CMA; Emani Smith, Detroit leadership; Jayla Smith, Detroit East English; Siobhan Stringer, Detroit CMA; Brooklyn Taylor, Detroit Mumford; Camarian Taylor, Detroit Western; Precious Taylor, Detroit Cass Tech; Alexis Thompson, Detroit East English; Shynell Tonder, Detroit Cass Tech; Monica Williams, Detroit Mumford.
Alexis Johnson, 5-10, So., F, Southfield A&T
Johnson averaged 20 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks to help A&T win a Class A district championship. She shot 52 percent from the field and 70 percent from the line. “Alexis is a skilled player who plays with passion, heart and determination,” Coach Michele Marshall said. “She is an athletic and energetic player who continuously works hard to be one of the top players in the state while also leading her team on the floor.” Johnson has several mid-major offers, including Western Michigan.
Kayla Luchenbach, 6-2, Sr., F, Clarkston
Luchenbach averaged 14 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.6 blocks to lead Clarkston to its first regional championship since 2005. “Kayla had a fantastic season for us,” Coach Christine Rogers said. “She was very consistent and was our go-to player.” Luchenbach will play next year at Oakland.
Maxine Moore, 6-0, Sr., F, Detroit Country Day
Moore was a physical presence for Country Day, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds to help her team repeat as Class B state champions. “Maxine liked to score outside, but sacrificed that part of her game, giving up a lot of points to rebound and make sure we had an inside presence,” Coach Frank Orlando said. Moore will play next year at Western Michigan.
Whitney Sollom, 6-4, So., C, Hartland
Sollom had a strong sophomore season, averaging 11 points and 9.4 rebounds to help Hartland earn a regional championship. “Whitney, despite heavy defensive attention, almost averaged a double-double,” Coach Don Palmer said. “Whitney is 6-foot-4 and very athletic. She combines these gifts with being very coachable. Whitney is also a very unselfish player who puts the team above herself.” Sollom already has multiple Big Ten offers.
Kaela Webb, 5-7, Sr., G, Detroit Country Day
Webb averaged 17 points, four assists and three rebounds and played well in big games, helping Country Day repeat as Class B state champions while winning three titles in the last four years. “Kaela was a special player since she got here, had a great attitude, always talked to the girls, tried to promote the right message and her teammates paid attention,” Coach Frank Orlando said. “She was like a coach on the floor, well respected by all of her teammates.” Webb will play at Providence.
Coach of the Year: Frank Orlando, Detroit Country Day
Orlando, 75, guided Country Day to a record 13th state championship, earning the title at Calvin College to give him at least one title at six different venues. “This team was amazing,” Orlando said. “We lost four games, all to good teams, and at the beginning of the season the kids were concerned about individual things, forcing things, but they gave up all their individual needs for the good of the team at the midway point of the season which resulted in a state championship and I respect that so much.”
Maddie Beck, 6-0, Sr., G, Clarkston; Sha Carter, 5-10, Sr., G, Birmingham Groves; Graysen Cockerham, 5-9, Sr., G-F, Hartland; Alexis Miller, 5-7, Sr., G, Howell; Jasmine Powell, 5-8, Jr., G, Detroit Country Day.
Bella Dugas, 5-11, Sr., F, Farmington Hills Mercy; Ellie Mackay, 5-8, Sr., G, Novi; Cheyenne McEvans, 5-10, So, F, Southfield A&T; Olivia Moore, 5-10, Jr., G, Birmingham Marian; Leah Weslock, 6-0, Sr., F, Howell.
Jessica Adams, Royal Oak; Julia Bishop, Farmington Hills Mercy; Trinity Benton, Hazel Park; Brala Benion, Pontiac; Mya Bobo, West Bloomfield; Lauren Brown, Brighton; HaLaya Cato, Oxford; Sam Cherney, North Farmington; Madelaine Crum, Troy Athens; Olivia DiCarlo, Berkley; June Donnellon, Royal Oak; Sophie Dziekan, Brighton; Emily Eckhout, Jr., G, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek; Janara Flowers, Walled Lake Western; Adrian Folks, Detroit Country Day; Toya Golden, Auburn Hills Avondale; Maxine Hall, Oak Park; Marian Hashim, Bloomfield Hills; D’Layna Holliman, Southfield A&T; Paige Johnson, Howell; Isabelle Kline, Waterford Lakes; Julia Lalain, Novi; Micayla Martin, Farmington; Emily Messner, Hartland; Destiny Moore, West Bloomfield; Maddie Novak, Detroit Country Day; Molly Nicholson, Clarkston; Lauren Palmer, Birmingham Groves; Olivia Perkins, Farmington; Samantha Potter, Royal Oak; Charlesa Rice, Berkley; Olivia Russell, Auburn Hills Avondale; Athena Sampson, Troy; Kayla Sanders, Waterford Lakes; Dana Schemanske, Brighton; Tiffany Senerius, Waterford Lakes; Abbey Smentowski, Farmington; Makayla Smith, Rochester Adams; Kaylee Wendel, Howell.
Julia Ayrault, 6-2, Jr., G-F, Grosse Pointe North
Ayrault averaged 19.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, 4.5 steals and three assists to lead North to a Class A Final Four appearance. “Julia is a special player because she excels at all phases of the game, scoring, rebounding, defending, passing and being a positive leader,” Coach Gary Bennett said. “Perhaps her greatest strength was that she helped to improve the level of play of everyone around her.” Ayrault is committed to Michigan State.
Tara Bieniewicz, 5-11, Sr., F, Macomb Dakota
Bieniewicz averaged 14.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists to help Dakota to a 19-4 record and a MAC Red/White tournament championship. She had 950 career points. “Tara was a great leader for us both on and off the court,” Coach Phil McCune said. “She had many big games for us, including our regional semifinal game where she scored a career-high 29 points in our 2-point loss to Grosse Pointe North.” Bieniewicz will play next year at Trine University.
Lauren DeBeau, 5-5, Sr., G, Utica Eisenhower
DeBeau is a multi-sport star, earning MAC White MVP honors while averaging 15.1 points, 5.6 assists and 4.7 steals to help Eisenhower earn its second division championship in three years and its first district title in 15 years. “Lauren has the competitive edge and attitude that is so rare to find in today’s athlete,” Coach Mike Satawa said. “She set the school record with 34 points in a game against rival Utica. She set season records in assists and steals this season.” DeBeau will play soccer at Central Michigan.
Kate McArthur, 5-8, Jr., G, Warren Cousino
McArthur came back from an early knee injury to average 17.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and four assists, making 78 percent of her free throws. She scored 26 in a win over Clarkston and 24 in a Class A regional final loss to Grosse Pointe North. “Kate played great for us,” Coach Mike Lee said. “She was born with a basketball in her hands. She is a definition of a pure shooter and one of the best shooters in the state boy or girl. Often being face guarded by the other team’s best defender, she has ice water in her veins and wants to take the big shot.” McArthur is committed to Clemson.
Taylor Williams, 6-2, Jr., C, Macomb Dakota
Williams had a strong junior season, averaging 16.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.9 steals, 3.1 assists and 2.8 blocks, setting a school-record for rebounds in a game with 22 in the MAC Red/White tournament championship game win over Grosse Pointe North. “She was a walking double-double for us,” Coach Phil McCune said. “At 6-foot-2, Taylor had a break-through season for us, did things on the floor that you just don’t see most 6-2 kids do.” Williams scored 34, one shy of the school-record, against Romeo and had 18 double-doubles on the season. She has received several Division 1 offers, including Providence.
Coach of the Year: Gary Bennett, Grosse Pointe North
Bennett got North to a regional championship and a trip to Calvin College to play in the Class A Final Four, guiding his team to a 20-6 record and a state semifinal loss to Saginaw Heritage. “The greatest thing about this year’s team, the thing that made them so special, is that they had unbelievable team chemistry,” said Bennett who completed his 35th year as head coach, guiding North to a state title in 2008. “These girls truly loved and respected one another. Going to practice was never a chore for them, it was simply another opportunity to be together and enjoy each other’s company. The closeness really helped us in big games when things got tight, and it helped us to be strong together as a unit under pressure.”
Mackenzie Cook, 5-5, Jr., G, Warren Cousino; Tatyana Hardwick, 6-2, Sr., F, Sterling Heights; Sami Klink, 5-7, Sr., G, Port Huron Northern; Diamond Williams, 5-3, Sr., G, Harper Woods Chandler Park; Lauren Wynn, 5-9, Sr., G, St. Clair Shores Lakeview.
Tori Beers, 5-7, Sr., G, Sterling Heights Stevenson; Hannah Delore, 5-10, Sr., F, Marysville; Amber Flinn, 5-8, Sr., G, Romeo; Cam Grant, 6-1, So., F, Macomb Dakota; Madeline Kohler, 5-7, Fr., G, Grosse Pointe North.
Stephanie Abraham, Marine City; Rachael Adewusi, Warren Cousino; Daniah Beavers, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse; Alicia Bullaro, St. Clair Shores Lakeview; Joslyn Brennan, St. Clair Shores Lakeview; Tiffani Burgess, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse; Julianna Cataldo, St. Clair; Sarina Chupick, New Baltimore Anchor Bay; Hayley Delor, Marysville; Cayley Ebeling, Utica; DeBraya Edwards, Roseville; Gabby Fogarty, Marysville; Mia Janssen, St. Clair; Kaitlyn Knapp, Macomb Dakota; Sydney Koppinger, Port Huron Northern; Malynn Kosnik, Utica Eisenhower; Mone Knowles, Utica; Gina Liss, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley;Nicole Mallory, Port Huron; Morgan McConnell, Marine City; Audrey Medaugh, Romeo; Emaia O’Brien, Harper Woods Chandler Park; Kaylyn Pendleton, Harper Woods Chandler Park; Olivia Ramsey, Port Huron Northern; Nykesha Sanders, Harper Woods Chandler Park; Nysha Speed, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North; Emily Suchoski, Utica; Alyssa Truba, New Baltimore Anchor Bay; Ivy Velazquez, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley; Elise Vitale, Fraser; Evelyn Zacharias, Grosse Pointe North.
Jeanae Terry, 5-10, Jr., G-F, Wayne Memorial
Terry averaged 17.1 points, seven rebounds and 5.8 assists to help Wayne earn its first regional championship in school history and advance to the Class A Final Four. “Jeanae really improved over the summer and has developed into a strong all-around player,” Coach Jarvis Mitchell said. “She’s extremely skilled and extremely talented. She’s just one of those kids that you can just roll the ball out there and you know something is going to happen because of her talent and passion for the game. She can handle the ball, take it to the basket or make the perimeter shot.” Terry has offers from Florida, Texas Tech, Purdue, Northwestern, Illinois and Indiana.
Rana El-Husseini, 5-2, Jr., G, Dearborn Fordson
El-Husseini averaged 17.4 points, 7.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds to help lead Fordson to a 21-3 record and district championship. “Rana showed up every night and did the things we needed from her to be successful,” Coach Saleh Abazeed said. “She scored for us, was a facilitator and really helped make other players on our team better. She bought a toughness and attitude that eventually spread out to the rest of our team. She’s the ultimate competitor and leader that helped us win our first district championship since 1999.”
Eden Johnson, 6-2, Jr., F, Ann Arbor Huron
Johnson averaged 15 points and seven rebounds to help Huron to a 19-1 regular season record before suffering an ankle injury, forcing her to miss the district opener, a loss to end the season. “She’s really skilled offensively, can score at all three levels where she can make the perimeter shot, drive to the basket or post up,” Coach Waleed Samaha said. “On the defensive end, she can guard all five positions where there’s only a few players I wouldn’t have her guard.” Johnson has already been offered by Niagara, Toledo, Oakland, Eastern Michigan, Creighton and Central Florida, while also getting interest from Florida.
Lasha Petree, 5-10, Sr., G, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep
Petree averaged 20.2 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead Arbor Prep to its third consecutive state championship game appearance. “She’s really developed her leadership skills and has become the complete player,” Coach Scott Stine said. “If we need someone to stop a point guard, she can do it. If we need someone to stop a wing, she can do it. If we need someone to stop a post player, she can do it. She guards the other team’s best player night in and night out.” Petree will play next year at Bradley.
Camree Clegg, 5-5, Sr., G, Wayne Memorial
Clegg averaged 24 points and 6.2 assists while playing strong defense to help Wayne reach the Class A state semifinals. “Her strength is her toughness,” pointed out Coach Jarvis Mitchell. “She took four charges in the state semifinal and that’s the type of thing you don’t see in the stat sheet. She’s a great leader and has the respect of her teammates because of things like that. It’s incredible, I love coaching that kid.” Clegg will play at Clemson.
Coach of the Year: Jarvis Mitchell, Wayne Memorial
Mitchell took over a winless team following the 2013-14 season and turned it into a strong program, winning its first regional championship in school history this season. “It’s one thing to be a coach of your team and another to be a fan of your team and I’m both,” said Mitchell who led Wayne to the Class A Final Four in Year No. 4. “They just all absolutely love each other. As a coach, you preach sisterhood and you want that at some point, but you may never get there and for whatever reason we got there early. Really, they just bought in early with that philosophy. We got after teams defensively. Our pressure defense caused problems, forcing opponents to an average of 26 turnovers.”
KiKi Darwiche, 6-0, Sr., C, Dearborn Fordson; Sophia DiMilia, 5-10, Sr., G-F, New Boston Huron; Mahri Petree, 5-11, Jr., G, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep; Katelyn Sherwood, 5-10, Sr., G, Belleville; Shamin Wambere, 6-0, Sr., F, Ann Arbor Huron.
Jayah Hicks, 5-10, Jr., F, Wayne Memorial; Jala Petree, 5-9, Sr., G, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep; Ella Stemmer, 5-10, Fr., G-F, Saline; Asaria Turman, 6-0, Jr., F, Ann Arbor Pioneer; Sharon Woodard, Sr., G, Westland John Glenn.
Tara Beason, Northville; Mya Barkate, Crestwood; Gabby Chouinard, Plymouth; Ashley Criscenti, Canton; Kendall Dillon, Northville; Roan Haines, Northville; Therese Hebda, Trenton; Alaina Heitmeyer, Canton; Mattison Joyner, Salem; Carrie Karp, Trenton; Chantal LeDoux, Plymouth; Carley Loving, Westland John Glenn; Sydney McCaig, Plymouth; Olivia Napier, Livonia Franklin; Reeya Patel, Ann Arbor Huron; Josie Piergentili, Livonia Stevenson; Macey Reese, Livonia Churchill; Abby Sokol, Canton; Sydney Strasser, Livonia Franklin; Emma Strieter, Salem; Sarah Tanderys, Livonia Stevenson; Maria Targosz, Livonia Churchill; Sydney Voss, Trenton; Taylor Watkins-Johnson, Westland John Glenn; Lyniah Wilson, Salem; Mary-Claire Yost, Livonia Churchill; Makailah Zeigler-Griggs, Wayne.