Country Day routs top-ranked Goodrich, 69-39, will play for 11th title on Saturday
East Lansing – When Detroit Country Day sophomore Destiny Pitts woke up on Friday morning she knew today would be special. She just didn’t know how special.
She stepped foot on Breslin Center court in her first Class B semifinal game and scored 28 points to lead her team to a 69-39 victory over top-ranked Goodrich (25-2).
“Today was special for sure,” she said. “I’m not going lie, I was nervous. But, that quickly left after I made my first basket. I let the game come to me.”
Country Day will play Haslett (22-5) for the title on Saturday at 6 p.m.
“It’s so refreshing to see young kids step up in this venue,” Country Day coach Frank Orlando said. “Our girls played with their hearts, and had no fear.”
Country Day (21-4) played without fear, and without a lot of misses either.
The Yellowjackets shot well from the start led by Pitts. She was 4-of-5 from the field including a 3-pointer for a quick 16-11 lead.
Goodrich tried to keep pace behind Miss Basketball Tania Davis’ lead. The Martins’ guard scored 10 points and senior Isabella O’Brien had five rebounds and five points as the Martians trailed 32-21 at the half.
“We didn’t expect the first half that we had,” Alexis Sevillian, Goodrich’s junior guard, said. “But we didn’t help ourselves either.”
Country Day made all six of its 3-point attempts and shot 50 percent from the field (13-26) in the first half.
The Yellowjackets didn’t miss a 3-point attempt until 40 seconds into the 3rd quarter when Pitts missed an 18-footer from the corner.
“We shot the ball better than we did anytime this year,” Orlando said. “There’s no question about it. I can’t explain it.”
Goodrich tried for one final push in the third quarter when it pulled within eight points twice, the second time with 2:05 left.
“We haven’t been down very much at all this year, to be honest,” Goodrich coach Jason Gray said. “Being down any amount, whether it’s 11 or eight points, is something we could come back from. We couldn’t get things going. Every run we’d make, they’d hit a shot and stop it.”
The game continued to slowly slip away at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Davis went down with an injury diving after a loose ball with Pitts. Pitts landed on Davis’ knee, forcing her to leave the game with over five minutes to play down 53-33.
“I knew something was wrong when I heard her scream when we landed,” Pitts said. “Luckily she said after the game that she was alright.”
Pitts helped build the lead with three 3-pointers in the fourth.
Freshman Kaela Webb added 10 points.
The Yellowjackets’ reserves scored 18 points with Arika Tolbert accounting for 14 of those.
“I try to play my game with defense first then offense comes second,” she said. “But today was something different. I just went off, and I wanted to keep it going. We just played with confidence.”