Class C: Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 53, Maple City Glen Lake 35
GRAND RAPIDS ? It’s all about taking care of unfinished business for Ypsilanti Arbor Prep, which defeated Maple City Glen Lake, 53-35, in the Class C girls basketball state semifinal on Thursday.?
The Gators fell to Birmingham Detroit Country Day in the Class B championship a year ago.
Arbor Prep (21-5) faces defending Class C state champion Detroit Edison in the title game at 4 p.m. Saturday.?
“Considering what happened last year and the type of team we have this year, we’re anxious, in a good way, and very ambitious to get what we deserve,” said Arbor Prep senior Jala Petree, who has two sisters on the team, including twin Lasha. “We’re going to keep working, and it ain’t over yet. We’re getting after it.”?
The Gators handed Edison (23-1) its only loss of the season, so they’re eager to both earn a second win over the Pioneers and claim their second state title in three seasons.?
“Last year ? losing ? that pain is in my heart, and I want to avenge it,” said Lasha Petree.?
Kashyra Jackson and Karli Waddell both buried 3-pointers to open the second half and give Arbor Prep a 21-point advantage that all but ended Glen Lake’s comeback chances.?
The Petree sisters ? Mahri, Lasha and Jala ? gave Arbor Prep an early nine-point lead in the first half with transition layups, drives to the hoop and pull-up jumpers. Mahri and Jala finished with 12 points each, while Lasha had 10.?
“Transition baskets always help, and easy layups get the confidence up,” Arbor Prep coach Scott Stine said. “When get things going, we tend to play better on defense. When we have better energy, we’re on our toes and we anticipate better.?
“Getting off to those starts offensively tend to trigger our defense, and a lot of time the defense triggers the offense, so it goes both ways.”?
Jennifer LaCross made a pair of baskets and drew three fouls to ignite an 11-2 run for the Lakers (23-3), who could trim their deficit to only four points with 1:56 left in the first half.?
Class C: Detroit Edison 50, Pewamo Westphalia 39
GRAND RAPIDS ? Some things don?t change.
Detroit Edison?s Rickea Jackson was terrific the last time she played against Pewamo-Westphalia and she was all of that and more this time.
Jackson scored 25 points Thursday afternoon to lead Edison to a 50-39 victory over P-W in a Class C semifinal game at Calvin College.
The win sends the Pioneer?s into Saturday?s 4 p.m. state championship game against either Ypsilanti Arbor Prep or Maple City Glen Lake.
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Edison edged P-W, 46-44, in last year?s state championship game when Jackson scored 21 points and the junior controlled this game, too.
Freshman point guard Damiya Hagemann added 13 points for Edison (23-1) while Emily Spitzley led P-W (25-1) with 14 and Ellie Drost scored 11.
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Edison began the game with seven quick points and held P-W scoreless for the first five possessions, which covered almost four minutes.
Westphalia tied the game late in the first quarter, but Jackson didn?t let it stand for long, grabbing her own rebound and scoring on the put-back.
The Pirates were within three late in the second period when Jackson hit a step-back three-point shot from the corner and then caught and laid in an alley-oop pass for a 22-14 halftime advantage.
One of the keys for Edison was its ability to turn P-W turnover into points, outscoring the Pirates 9-0 on points off turnovers in the first half.
Pewamo-Westphalia played a determined second half, but each time it got within shouting distance Jackson would find a way to score to keep Edison safely ahead.
This sotry will be updated after each semifinal game.?
Mick McCabe is a former longtime columnist for the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mickmccabe1
Wayne Memorial senior point guard Camre? Clegg on her team?s 54-44 win over Hartland in a Class A quarterfinal at Southfield A&T on March 13.
Chris Nelsen, Special to the Detroit Free Press