Local teams make list of top 20 girls basketball teams in Michigan

Local teams make list of top 20 girls basketball teams in Michigan


Local teams make list of top 20 girls basketball teams in Michigan


(All players are seniors unless noted.)

1) Detroit King

2011 record: 23-5 The buzz: The Crusaders feature the state’s top-ranked player in 6-foot DePaul signee Antania Hayes (16 points, 10 rebounds), who is a highlight film in the open court. Junior Marte Grays, 6-2, will rebound and is quick around the basket. Laquita Hart (18 points) was the team’s top scorer coming off the bench last year. Junior Lashai Geeter has a good midrange game and will help with rebounding. Takira Height, 6-1, is another post player who can score and rebound.

2) East Lansing

2011 record: 21-5 The buzz: Another trip to the quarterfinals is a possibility because of the quality of returners. Piper Tucker (Grand Valley), 6 feet, is a quality perimeter and inside scorer. Grace Whelan (Saginaw Valley), 6-2, can score inside and hit the three. Junior Meechi Thompson is an excellent point guard. Taylor Gordon is a defensive stopper and can score from the perimeter. Kelcie Haizlip, 6-2, uses her quickness to be effective inside. Freshman Danni Hanson, 5-11, is an excellent jumper.

3) Goodrich

2011 record: 28-0 The buzz: Repeating as undefeated Class B champs became much more difficult after all-stater KeKe Sevillian (Penn State) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is out for the season. But there is plenty of talent remaining, beginning with Taylor Gleason (Illinois), a versatile scorer and playmaker. Sophomore Tania Davis is an experienced point guard and will free Gleason to be more of a scorer. Junior Kaylee Grzywacz handles the ball and gets to the basket.

4) Southfield-Lathrup

2011 record: 13-10 The buzz: The Chargers were going to be good anyway, but when Sydni Davis (Stetson) transferred from West Bloomfield, Sabria Cotton from Troy and junior Asia King, 5-10, from Pontiac, they became much better. Christina Green, 6 feet, (Wayne State) is solid in the post and will be helped by Keianna Ingram, the state high-jump champ who can rebound. Two special players could be 6-1 freshmen Taiye and Kehinde Bello, who should both contribute.

5) Grand Haven

2011 record: 27-1 The buzz: The defending Class A champs will start slow because of all of the basketball players on the volleyball team that advanced to the semifinals. The Bucs return only one starter, but it is 6-5 Abby Cole (Michigan for volleyball), who is the most intimidating force in the state. Hannah Wilkerson (Ferris), 5-10, is strong inside and can also hit the perimeter shot. Junior Taylor Craymer, 6 feet, is tough around the basket and will team with Cole for quite a high-low game.

6) Grosse Pointe South


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