King High’s girls basketball team picked the wrong time to become its own worst enemy.
Coach William Winfield’s previously-unbeaten and top-ranked Lady Crusaders saw their hopes for a state championship come to an abrupt ending Tuesday with a 55-50 loss to Westland John Glenn in the Class A quarterfinal game at Western International High School.
Despite leading most of the game, including a 27-19 margin at halftime, King (22-1) made just 8 of 23 free throws for the game and unraveled in the second half when it made just nine of 24 field goal attempts.
“It was our worst second half of the season,” King coach William Winfield said.
John Glenn (24-1) advances to the state semifinals against Grand Haven (26-0) Friday at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center in East Lansing.
Today (Wednesday, March 13), the Detroit Public School League’s three remaining boys’ teams in the MHSAA tournament return to the floor in regional championship games.
At Southfield High School, unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Pershing (24-0) takes on U-D Jesuit (19-3) at 7 p.m. in a rematch of the Operation Friendship city championship game. At Grosse Pointe North High School, Southeastern (17-5) meets Macomb L’Anse Creuse North (20-3) at 6 p.m. At Birmingham Detroit Country Day High School, Douglass (17-6) plays the host Yellowjackets (21-3) at 7 p.m.
The boys’ regional champions will advance to the quarterfinals next Tuesday, March 19.