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Fletcher soars and scores in Cousino victory PHOTO GALLERY

  • Kierra Fletcher (3) of Cousino moves in to put up a shot during the match between Cousino and Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Kierra Fletcher (3) of Cousino moves in to put up a shot during the match between Cousino and Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Girls championship basketball Cousino vs Hudsonville at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on March 18, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)

K.F. Flyers.

All right, that is aging things a bit.

P.F. Flyers were a sneaker that was big back in the '60s.

Maybe it is time to market the K.F. Flyers.

K. meaning Kierra. F. meaning Fletcher.

Nobody flew higher than Kierra Fletcher, the Cousino junior.

She scored 37 points during the Patriots’ 60-45 victory over Hudsonville in a Class A semifinal game played at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University Friday afternoon.

It was the third highest point total in semifinal play in the history of the state tournament. Still, it was not Fletcher’s personal high. She scored 40 in a game against Rochester Adams that was played at The Palace earlier this season.

She did it in a variety of ways against Hudsonville.

She slithered to the baseline and knocked down short jumpers.

She ripped down rebounds and scored buckets inside.

She hit jumpers and she hit free throws and nothing that the Hudsonville team threw at her defensively seemed to slow her down.

That’s even when they had two and three players on her down the stretch in the fourth quarter.

Everyone in Macomb County knew how good Fletcher was. Now, everyone who has paid any attention to girls high school basketball in other parts of the state knows it too.

“I just want to get recognition for Cousino,” said Fletcher. “People pronounce it Casino or Coozino. Personal recognition does not mean a thing to me.”

Coach Mike Lee could not be happier to recognize his superlative junior.

“As a young lady and a basketball player, Kierra is worth her weight in gold,” said Lee.

That was definitely gold of the 24-karat variety, too. The game plan hammered out and fine tuned at the team’s final practice at Oakland University’s O’Rena Thursday afternoon worked to perfection. Hudsonville played a sagging man defense as advertised, and that helped the Patriots get off to an 11-0 start. It helped Fletcher find some creases and she was able to exploit those by dribbling to open spots on the court. She scored nine of those first 11.

When it wasn’t Fletcher scoring, it was Kate McArthur drilling 3’s because the attention was on a teammate.

“We knew that Hudsonville had good post players. We knew it was important to get off to a quick start,” said Fletcher. “When I score a basket in the opening seconds of the game, I know it is going to be a good day.”

Hudsonville coach Casey Glass also knew how good Fletcher could be.

“She’s a phenomenal player. Her game is drive. Drive right, drive left. She’s not an outside shooter. We knew that. We just let her get too deep at times. It’s funny when you’re watching film because we don’t see much of the teams on the east side of the state.

“It’s definitely a difference in watching film and playing against her live. She’s very quick and able to get her shot up pretty much when she wants. A great player, I think she’ll have a heck of a career.”

The sky is the limit for Kierra Fletcher.

She’s a K.F. Flyer. Somebody call the folks in marketing.

Last Updated: 3/18/2016 6:31:16 PM EST