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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Girls Basketball Regional Final Predictions

Detroit Martin Luther King vs. Farmington Hills Mercy
The Marlins look like they are a team on a mission, and their blowout win over Southfield-Lathrup proved just that. With senior guard Candice Leatherwood and Allie Gorcyca continuously putting together consistent performances and Taylor Jones having a big postseason for the Marlins, Mercy has been and will continue to be a tough team to take down throughout the postseason.
Prediction: Mercy

Clarkston vs. Birmingham Marian
This is without a doubt the matchup of the night in Thursday's girls basketball quarterfinal action. The Mustangs have been one of the most balanced teams in the area all season long, with constant contributions from just about everywhere on any night, and sophomore Kara Holinski has helped lead the charge for Marian throughout the posteason run. Clarkston has continued to get big play out of their starters, especially from sophomore Erika Davenport along with senior Delaney Kenny and Erin Davenport. Look for a big night out of the Clarkston "Big 3" as Kenny and the Davenport sisters to help the Wolves pick up a regional title.
Prediction: Clarkston in OT

Farmington Hills Harrison vs. Dexter
This will be a game of contrasting styles. Dexter likes to slow the pace down, and that proved to be the case in the Dreadnaught's 26-17 win over Canton in the regional semifinals. Harrison is athletic as anybody in the postseason and could try to push the pace and use its athleticism to its advantage during the regional final. The underclassmen trio of Amber Stephens, Kristen Nelson and Kyla Roland should give Dexter some matchup issues, but the difference maker in this game for the Hawks will be Marissa Cotton as she has continued to be one of the area's best all-around guards this season.
Prediction: Harrison

Ferndale vs. Birmingham Detroit Country Day
There's no denying that this game will have a big individual matchup showcased at guard between Ferndale's Micaela Ellis and Country Day's Asia Doss as both have proven to be two of Oakland County's best at their position. But this game will likely belong to Country Day, who might have turned a corner of some kind on Tuesday as the Yellowjackets overcame a four point deficit in 25 seconds and then throttled Chandler Park in overtime. Look for big games from Brittany Washington and Tianna Glimpse, along with Doss to help lead Country Day to yet another regional championship.
Prediction: Country Day

Riverview Gabriel Richard vs. Madison Heights Bishop Foley
The Ventures have been on a tear throughout the playoffs as Bishop Foley has made it look easy in some of their wins through the regional semifinal. Bishop Foley will need to come up with a minor upset to pick up the regional title, but with the way the Ventures have played so far, I think there's a pretty good chance of that happening as they've beaten their opponents by at least 16 points in each of their first four playoff games. A big reason for Bishop Foley's strong playoff run has been senior guard Emma Wonsil, who has had big game after big game so far in the postseason, and should have yet another strong performance in the regional final.
Prediction: Bishop Foley

Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes vs. Lansing Christian
This will be the toughest game of the playoffs so far for the Lakers as they will have to travel to Lansing to play the No. 5 ranked team in the state in Class D. Experience will play a key role for Lakes in this game as Lexie Robak, Ava Doetsch and Jessica Parry will be playing in their fourth consecutive regional final. Look for a strong outing from the Lakes "Big 3" as the the Lakers will narrowly keep their drive for a fourth straight title alive.
Prediction: Lakes in OT

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