PSL teams flexing their might in girls’ and boys’ state basketball tournaments

For the second year in a row, Renaissance and Pershing of the Detroit Public School League are closing in on a chance to meet for the Class A girls’ basketball state championship. Both teams captured regional titles Thursday.
At Waterford Kettering High, Arrice Bryant had 18 points and 20 rebounds and Asia Boyd and Liz Badgett scored 15 points each to lead Renaissance past Auburn Hills Avondale 57-52. The victory advanced Coach Diane Jones’ Lady Phoenix (20-3) into the state quarterfinals at the University of Detroit-Mercy where they will play Warren Regina at 7 p.m. Tuesday (March 15).
At Warren Fitzgerald High School, Pershing (20-1) came from behind to defeat PSL rival King 53-49. Caprice Dennis and Mar’Lisa Braxton had 16 points apiece to lead Coach Shawn Hill’s Doughgirls, who will play Inkster (22-1) at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the state quarterfinals at the U-D Mercy.
Renaissance beat the previously unbeaten Doughgirls to win its third consecutive PSL girls’ basketball title last month. The Lady Phoenix lost in the state championship game last year while Pershing bowed in the state semifinals, both losing to East Lansing.
Should both teams continue to advance, Renaissance and Pershing could meet in the first all-Detroit Public School League showdown for the Class A state girls’ basketball title in 21 years. The only other time that happened was in 1990 when King beat Murray-Wright 53-48.
Meanwhile, PSL teams are also flexing their might in the boys’ state basketball tournament. Eleven entered Friday (March 11) bidding for district titles, including five Class A games.
At Cass Tech High, PSL champion Southeastern was set to play King at 6 p.m.
At Pershing High, the host Doughboys and PSL runner-up Cody will meet at 5 p.m.
At Grosse Pointe South High, Finney plays Eastpointe-East Detroit at 7 p.m.
At Warren Lincoln High, Mumford plays U-D Jesuit at 7 p.m.
At Southfield High, Renaissance plays Southfield at 7 p.m.
In Class B, the PSL is represented by three district finalists Friday. At Southwestern High, Douglass plays River Rouge at 4:30 p.m.; at Livonia Clarenceville High, Central plays Detroit Community at 7 p.m.; and at Harper Woods High, Osborn plays Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy at 6 p.m.
In a Class D district finale, the PSL’s City faces host Bloomfield Hills Roeper at 7 p.m. Friday (March 11).

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