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'Why not us?' Cousino says of state title chance

  • Cousino coach Mike Lee
  • Kierra Fletcher

Cousino won’t be fazed by Detroit King’s history when the teams meet with the state Class A girls basketball championship on the line.

“Our feeling is, ‘Why not? Why not us?’” Patriots coach Mike Lee said.

King has won five state championships – that’s more than all of the teams from Macomb County combined – and Cousino will be making its first appearance in a state championship game when the teams meet at noon Saturday at the Breslin Center.

“We won’t be intimidated by King’s past success,” Lee said. “Why not do it for 32 more minutes?”

The Patriots (22-4) expect the Crusaders (24-1) to devise a defense aimed at stopping Kierra Fletcher, but that probability, just like King’s shelf-full of state-championship trophies, won’t deter the Macomb Area Conference Red Division team from Warren.

“I am sure they will come up with something defensively for Kierra, but that is not something that is new to us,” Lee said. “We’ve seen it all season long.”

Fletcher scored 37 points in the Patriots’ 60-45 semifinal victory over Hudsonville on Friday.

Kate McArthur added 13 points.

King had three players in double figures in its 56-48 semifinal triumph over St. Johns.

Mecaela Kelly had 18 points, Alicia Norman 14 and Erica Whitely-Jackson 10 for the Detroit Public School League Crusaders.

“King is a great team,” Fletcher said. “All five of their players on the court can shoot. We're going to have to do something to contain them.

“They are aggressive, and you could tell that just from today’s game. Fortunately, they are not that tall, which should be good for us.”

King won its most recent championship in 2006 when the Crusaders defeated Fraser in the Class A final.

Cousino will try to become the fourth state champion from the county.

Utica won the Class A crown in 1999. L’Anse Creuse won in Class B in 1978 and Warren Woods in Class B in 1975.

Last Updated: 3/18/2016 8:25:51 PM EST