The Detroit Public School League’s top two girls’ basketball teams are on a collision course toward a win-or-go home showdown in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A regional finals Thursday at Warren Cousino High School (30333 Hoover Rd., Warren, MI. 48093).
But, first, PSL champion King and league runner-up Pershing must get past opponents in Tuesday’s regional openers: Coach Shawn Hill’s Pershing Doughgirls (20-3) play Livonia Ladywood (14-9) at 5 p.m. followed by Coach William Winfield’s King Lady Crusaders (20-3) against host Warren Cousino (19-3) at 7 p.m. The winners advance to the regional championship game Thursday at 7 p.m.
Pershing defeated King during the regular season, but King turned the tide by upsetting the Doughgirls in the PSL championship game.
Both teams hosted district tournaments and emerged with titles Friday to keep their hopes alive for a state title. The Lady Crusaders defeated Cass Tech 52-40, while the Doughgirls defeated Cody 74-55. Northwestern (9-9), the PSL’s only other girls’ team to reach the district finals, lost 64-46 against University Prep in the Class B district at Southwestern High.