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Girls Basketball State Playoff Predictions

Basketball   | Jeff Dullack

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Class A

Final Four: Cousino over Midland Dow; DeWitt over Detroit King

Analysis: Coming off of the school’s first state title a year ago, Cousino began the season as one of the favorites to win the Class A title once again this season and has lived up to those expectations to this point. With 11 returning starters from last season, including Miss Basketball Finalist Kiera Fletcher, the Patriots have the firepower and experience needed to get back to the Breslin Center and defend their title.

While Detroit King has a relatively easy path to the quarterfinals, it will have a tough test against Southfield A&T in the regional, and should be able to make it back to the Breslin.

But both DeWitt and Midland Dow will have very tough matchups in district play as Midland Dow will face Saginaw Heritage and DeWitt will take on East Lansing as all four teams are in the latest Class A top 10. Earlier this season, DeWitt managed to pick up a win over East Lansing and Dow split its season series with Heritage.

In the end, it’s the experience and firepower that will lead Warren Cousino to a second straight state championship.

Final: Warren Cousino over DeWitt


Class B

Final Four: Detroit Country Day over Grand Rapids Catholic Central; Ypsilanti Arbor Prep over Freeland

Analysis: All season long, the expectation of most has been that Detroit Country Day will face off with Ypsilanti Arbor Prep in the final and that’s exactly what I think will happen. Country Day has the star power with Destiny Pitts, Tylar Bennett and Kaela Webb, while Arbor Prep is one of, if not the deepest team in the state of Michigan.

Grand Rapids Catholic Central has a deep, experience team that will meet Country Day in the semifinals, but will first have to get past last year’s Class B state champion Marshall, who knocked out the Cougars a season ago. But the experience of playing in quarterfinals in each of the past two years will get Grand Rapids C.C. past the quarterfinals roadblock and into the Breslin Center.

Freeland will likely be untested until they make it to the semifinals, but waiting for the No. 5 ranked team in Class B, will be the SC! No. 1 team, Arbor Prep.

In the end, it will be the matchup that we all expected, but the Country Day’s star power will prove to be the difference as Pitts, Bennett and Webb lead the Yellowjackets to their second title in three years.

Final: Detroit Country Day over Ypsilanti Arbor Prep


Class C

Final Four: Detroit Edison over Flint Hamady; St. Ignace over Pewamo-Westphalia

Analysis: The quarterfinal game that will feature St. Ignace and Traverse City St. Francis will be the game to see in the Class C tournament as St. Francis was last year’s runner-up in Class C. St. Ignace is the No. 1 team in Class C, while St. Francis currently holds the No. 2 ranking in Class C. But look for St. Ignace to survive and advance to the semifinals.

Pewamo-Westphalia should get through districts, but could face a couple of tougher challenges in the regionals to make it to the Breslin.

Detroit Edison is a very young, inexperienced team but has a relatively clear path to make it to the Breslin Center, but if/when it arrives it will face a tough matchup against either unbeaten Sandusky or Flint Hamady. Hamady has been forced to play without senior Krystal Rice, who is out for the season due to a knee injury, but the Hawks have continued to play well since her injury.

This final could feature a very young, but talented Edison squad, going up against a perennial power in St. Ignace, which is as experienced as anybody when it comes to tournament time. But the play of 6-2 forward Rickea Jackson and Gabrielle Elliott (the younger sister of Mr. Basketball Finalist Greg Elliott) could be the difference.

Final: Detroit Edison over St. Ignace


Class D

Final Four: Pittsford over Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart; Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes over Hillman.

Analysis: Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes is no stranger to the Breslin Center and has a very good chance to make it to the semifinals once again, but will more than likely take on Portland St. Patrick, a semifinalist last season in a quarterfinal. Look for Lakes to sneak by St. Patrick and head back to the Breslin Center once again.

We could see a battle of Top 10 teams in the quarterfinals when Baraga and Hillman square off as both teams have a pretty clear path to make it through the district and regional rounds of the postseason.

In the semifinals, the semifinal matchup between Pittsford and Sacred Heart will be a rematch of last year’s Class D Final where Pittsford dominated its way to a 48-30 win to claim its first state championship and you can expect more of the same this year, while experience will lead Lakes to a semifinal win over Hillman on the other side of the bracket.

In the final, you can expect that Maddie Clark will again have another impressive championship game performance as Pittsford wins its second straight Class D title.

Final: Pittsford over Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes