For the third time this season, the Detroit Public School League’s top two girls’ basketball teams will collide Thursday when King High (20-3) meets Pershing High (20-3) in the Class A regional finals at Warren Cousino High School.
Both teams advanced with regional semifinal victories Tuesday as Coach Shawn Hill’s Pershing Doughgirls jumped out to a big lead and defeated Livonia Ladywood 68-47. Coach William Winfield’s King Lady Crusaders got off to a sluggish start but came from behind to eliminate Warren Cousino 49-43.
King upset Pershing 50-47 in the PSL championship game Feb. 16 at U-D’s Calihan Hall, avenging a 58-53 loss on Pershing’s home floor in January.
This time, the winner advances into next week’s state quarterfinals while there’s no tomorrow for the loser. Tip-off time for Thursday’s game is 7 p.m.