DETROIT — Detroit Renaissance has plowed by its Detroit Public College League schedule with ease all season. Blowout after blowout, the Phoenix introduced that very same dominance to the ground on Friday night time within the Detroit PSL championship sport at Cailhan Corridor.
Squaring off towards Detroit Cass Tech (15-2), Renaissance (16-2) left little question on its solution to an 81-55 victory to seize this system’s first PSL title since 2011.
Though Renaissance coach Shane Lawal mentioned he’s squarely targeted on successful a state title, he was very completely happy for his gamers after yet one more dominant victory.
“I’m so completely happy for them as a result of they’ve been carrying this for thus lengthy,” Lawal mentioned. “All people saved ready for them to fall once more. So, I believe it’s a giant — now they will get an opportunity to take a step towards being (state) champs.”
Phoenix junior guard Kailee Davis was spectacular within the successful effort, scoring a game-high 34 factors whereas hitting seven 3-point photographs within the course of.
“To start with, I wasn’t actually hitting them so I simply knew I needed to focus in on my shot and shoot with confidence,” Davis mentioned.
Davis is listed at simply 5-foot-Four however makes up for her measurement in ability and capturing skill. In keeping with Lawal, Davis is “an issue” for opposing groups.
“I believe she’s one of the best junior within the state of Michigan,” Lawal. “I believe she’s one of the best guard within the state of Michigan and she or he’s one of the best junior within the state of Michigan. I believe she’s extraordinarily underrated, and anyone truly takes the time to look at her play and don’t take a look at her measurement, you’ll perceive she’s one of the best guard within the state.”
Becoming a member of Davis in double-figure scoring for the Phoenix have been junior Mikyah Finley with 15 factors and sophomore Taylor Anderson with 14 factors.
The Phoenix had a 24-16 lead after the primary quarter and elevated its result in 40-27 by halftime. The Phoenix got here out of the half nonetheless on hearth, growing its result in a snug 65-38 margin.
“We simply got here out and … we all know we now have to play onerous,” Davis mentioned. “We’re enjoying to win a championship. We’re not enjoying due to the rivalry between Renaissance and Cass. We simply know we must always have had it the final two years. We simply got here out and wished to play onerous.”
Renaissance has one state championship at school historical past, which occurred again in 2005 when it received the Class B title over Hudsonville Unity Christian, 49-39, below coach Diane Jones. Renaissance made the Class A state championship sport in 2010 and 2011 however completed runner-up every time.
Renaissance’s two losses this yr are to Detroit Edison Public College Academy, the No. 1 staff in MLive’s high 25 rankings and No. eight within the nation in MaxPreps’ rankings, and Chicago Simeon, a 27-2 staff. Lawal stays laser targeted on making an attempt to get Renaissance’s second state title because it prepares for the Division 1 state match originally of March.
“Man, I inform you I’m not even near happy,” Lawal mentioned. “Truthfully, this one is for them. This isn’t for me. This one is for them. I would like the states. I would like the states. That’s what I got here right here for, to win states, man. I wish to win two-straight state titles and that is the begin to it.”
Cass Tech was led by 21 factors from Treasured Fields whereas Keyonna Johnson had eight factors.
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