Renaissance High School’s outstanding girls’ basketball season ended Saturday in the Class A state championship game at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center.
Coach Diane Jones’ Phoenix competed valiantly but eventually ran out of time in losing 65-54 to East Lansing High.
With two of the four semifinalists, the Detroit Public School League entered Friday with a chance to set up the first all-PSL Class A girls’ basketball state championship game since 1990. Renaissance advanced by defeating Canton High (24-2) 50-47. However Pershing High had a sluggish start that proved costly in a 70-62 loss to East Lansing.
Despite the large throng of fans from East Lansing, located just a few miles from the MSU campus, Renaissance held a 27-25 halftime lead and trailed by just one point entering the fourth quarter in Saturday’s title game.
Lorreal Jones hit 5 of 6 field goal attempts in the first half and finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Coach Diane Jones’ Phoenix, who finished with a 24-3 record. Pershing’s Doughgirls finished with a 20-3 record under first-year Coach Shawn Hill.
Detroit Public Schools proudly salute the Phoenix and Doughgirls for their outstanding achievements.