Renaissance, Pershing advance to semifinals of Class A girls’ basketball state tournament

Victories Friday would set up first all-Detroit PSL state final since 1990

2010 Pershing Girls Basketball Team

2010 Pershing Girls Basketball Team

Renaissance High’s Phoenix and Pershing High’s Doughgirls remain on a collision course toward a possible all-Detroit Public School League showdown for the Class A state girls’ basketball title.

Both advanced Tuesday with victories in the state quarterfinals at University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall. Pershing knocked off Inkster 72-67 and Renaissance beat Grosse Pointe North 57-52 to advance into Friday’s semifinal round at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center.

Pershing (20-2), under first-year coach Shawn Hill, and Renaissance (23-2), coached by Diane Jones, must win Friday to set up an all-Detroit PSL Class A girls’ basketball state final for only the second time in history and the first since 1990 when Martin Luther King beat Murray-Wright 53-48.

At 1 p.m., Renaissance plays Canton, which beat Midland Dow 53-36 in the quarterfinals. At 2:50 p.m., Pershing plays East Lansing, which advanced past Rockford 56-51. The championship game is slated for Saturday, March 20, at 12 p.m. at the Breslin Center.

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