David Goricki’s girls basketball finals MVPs
David Goricki of The Detroit News picks an MVP from each of the girls basketball state championship games Saturday at Calvin College in Grand Rapids:
Division 1:Saginaw Heritage 55, Southfield A&T 40
Shine Strickland-Gills, 6-1, Sr., F, Saginaw Heritage: Strickland-Gills, who will play next year at Central Michigan, stayed out of foul trouble in the win over No. 2 Southfield A&T, putting together an all-around outstanding game with 16 points (7-of-14 shooting), eight rebounds, six assists and six blocked shots.
Division 2:Detroit Edison 77, Freeland 58
Rickea Jackson, 6-3, Sr., F, Detroit Edison: Jackson, the Miss Basketball award winner who will play next year at Mississippi State, had 28 points (11-of-16 shooting) in the title game win. She scored seven straight during one stretch to open a 22-7 cushion, starting with a layup off an alley-oop pass from Danielle Hagemann, then a three-point play after getting a steal.
Division 3:Pewamo-Westphalia 40, Flint Hamady 33
Rachel Huhn, 5-7, Sr., G, Pewamo-Westphalia: Huhn scored seven of her 10 points during the final 5:31, including a 3-pointer for a 32-24 lead with her team’s top two players – juniors Hannah Spitzley and Ellie Droste – on the bench in foul trouble. Huhn then made four free throws during the final 32 seconds to help Pewamo-Westphalia to its first state title.
Division 4: Adrian Lenawee Christian 48, St. Ignace 46
Bree Salenbien, 6-2, So., G-F, Adrian Lenawee Christian: Salenbien, who has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana and Gonzaga, had 17 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead Lenawee Christian to its second straight state championship.