The Son of Swami has never believed in luck, but that is changing.
Today the All-Knowing One is reaching out for the Luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, because SOS is in dire need of something heading into today’s girls basketball semifinals at Michigan State’s Breslin Center.
After a subpar 11-5 performance in Tuesday’s quarterfinals, SOS is hoping the Irish blood, not to mention Diet Coke mixed with some Cherry Coke, running through his veins will help him correctly predict the winners of all eight semifinal games below.
Detroit King (22-1) vs. St. Johns (23-3), 1 p.m. Friday. SOS can’t figure out how St. Johns got this far without a Rehmann girl on the roster. He also can’t wait to see if King’s Del’Janae Williams will be adding to her credentials for Best Actress award after taking a dive or two following errant three-point attempts in the quarterfinals. St. Rehmann 49, King of Wishful Thinking 48.
Warren Cousino (21-4) vs. Hudsonville (23-3), 2:50 Friday. Well, they do play girls basketball in Macomb County after all. Kierra Fletcher is proving that, but Cousino is going to have to play much better that it did in the quarterfinals to get to the finals. Warren’s Casino 43, Ice Cream 41.
Birmingham Detroit Country Day (24-1) vs. Grand Rapids South Christian (24-2), 6 p.m. Friday. South Christian has had a wonderful season and Jennifer DeBoer has been tremendous, but Country Day is the real deal and is going to repeat as state champ. Country Dog 68, David Kool High 61.
Bay City Glenn (25-1) vs. Marshall (24-1), 7:50 Friday. SOS doesn’t want to suggest that Marshall coach Sal Konkle is old — at least she’s younger than SOS, but then who isn’t? — but SOS’s first memory of her was as a terrific player who led Marshall to the 1981 state championship game. SOS thinks Glenn will make sure Marshall doesn’t get quite that far this time. Jeff Seidel High 54, Win Schuler’s 52.
Niles Brandywine (24-2) vs. Traverse City St. Francis (25-1), 1 p.m. Thursday. SOS has been waiting for Brandywine coach Josh Hood to show up at The Bres with his team and here they are. Its press will have to be very effective to rattle the Glads. Elderberry Wine 46, Majerle City St. Esper 41.
Ithaca (24-2) vs. Ypsilanti Arbor Prep (23-2), 2:50 Thursday. SOS wants to make sure everyone realizes Ithaca football coach Terry Hessbrook is not coaching the girls basketball team, but there is a rumor he’s been working with Kayla Belles on her post moves. It could be a false rumor. But there is nothing false about Belles … or the No. 1 ranked Arbor Prep team. Arbor Day 63, Mythical 54.
Pittsford (25-0) vs. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (20-4), 6 p.m. Thursday. This may be March and Lakes coach Steve (March) Robak is best at this time of year, but so are Maddie Clark and Jaycie Burger. Pittsford doesn’t stop here. Pitt Stop 64, Waterford Our Gal 59.
Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart (23-1) vs. Stephenson (24-2), 7:50 Thursday. Did Sacred Heart really score only 27 points in the quarterfinals? SOS figured Averi Gamble would score more than that by herself. Maybe in the semis. Mt. Dismal Scared Heart 52, Steve ‘N’ Son 49.
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Where: Breslin Center, East Lansing.
Schedule: Class D — 10 a.m., Class A — noon, Class C — 4, Class B — 6.