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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Detroit King Cruises To A Win Over Detroit Cass Tech, 58-36

By: Branden Hunter, January 13, 2014, 1:10 am

DETROIT – They’re noted foes on the football field, but the rivalry between Detroit Cass Tech and Detroit King extends far beyond the gridiron into all sports.

The girls basketball teams faced off today, yes on a Sunday, at King. The game was rescheduled after the bad weather postponed the game on Tuesday. 

The game was never in doubt for King, as they cruised to a 58-36 win. The Lady Crusaders trailed in the game for just 38 seconds in the game, and improved to 9-1 on the season.

"We really didn’t play well at all today," head coach William Winfield said. "I guess they were rusty, because we hadn’t played in quite a while, but we just have to get back in the gym and get better."

The game was competitive throughout the first half, as King only led 19-12 after one. Senior Lauren Elliott brought Cass Tech within three at, 19-16, with 5:48 to go in the second, but King made a run.

They closed the quarter out on a 10-2 run, to take a 29-18 lead into the locker room. Mart’e Grays led all scorers to that point, with 12.

King’s lead swelled to 17 with 1:03 left in the third quarter at 38-21, on a 3-pointer by Leah Mathis. Cass Tech got the lead down to 40-26 after three, but that would be the closet that they would get.

An 8-2 run capped off by a Grays lay-up pushed the lead back up to 48-28 with 5:26 left in the game. Grays finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds.

Elliott led Cass Tech with 15 points and freshman Octavia Hearn added 4, to go along with nine rebounds.

Winfield put his reserves in shortly after they regained the 20-point lead and King went on to win 58-36. Micaela Kelly scored 11 points and senior Lashai Geeter chipped in seven points and eight rebounds.

King continued it’s dominance of the Detroit Public School League and are favorites to win for the third straight year. But Winfield knows their real test will come during that state playoffs.

"I tell them you can’t pick and choose who you play hard against," he said. "We just use the blowouts for practice time until states and for the kids who haven’t played a lot."