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More than anything, the 2013-14 girls basketball season will be remembered as one of great teams, ones that went five, six, seven outstanding players deep, rather than a season of transcendent players.

The MHSAA postseason, where several of those power-packed squads made runs deep into March, bore that out.

Birmingham Marian and Farmington Hills Mercy played one final time, to decide who would get to play for a Class A title. The Mustangs won, then crushed Canton for their fifth state title. The Marlins hadn’t been that far since 1991.

Farmington Hills Harrison bumped up a division, then won the Oakland Activities Association’s Red Division.

Holly went wire-to-wire in the Flint Metro League — and the regular season — winning their first league and district titles in 21 years.

Still, there were a handful of players who were able to lift their teams almost single-handedly at times, players whose statistical dominance can’t be ignored. While their postseason runs might not have been as lengthy, most of them went down swinging, going out with a bang on the final night of their seasons — or high school careers.

The All-Oakland County girls basketball honor roll teams contain players from both categories.

Here is the 2013-14 All-Oakland County girls basketball team, starting with the Dream Team:

Erika Davenport, 5-foot-11 junior forward, Clarkston — Named The Associated Press Class A Player of the Year, Davenport was dominant in her junior season, averaging 22.3 points and 14.2 rebounds per game, collecting a double-double in 19 of her 22 games played, despite facing double- or triple-teams every night.

She topped the 1,000 career-point plateau in a double-overtime district win over Rochester Adams, in which she recorded 48 points (one of the 25 highest outputs in state history) and 23 rebounds.

The two-time all-stater had similar nights against Chicago Bogan (32/23), Stoney Creek (31/12), Southfield-Lathrup (22/13), Ann Arbor Huron (23/19), Farmington Hills Harrison (26/17) and North Farmington (26/17). She scored 90 points combined in the Wolves’ three games in district play, 17 in the finals loss to Stoney Creek.

“Talent-wise, I’ve been coaching for nine years — maybe I’m biased, but I don’t remember seeing anyone more talented than her that we’ve played against, or I’ve coached,” Clarkston coach Tim Wasilk said. “She does still have another gear, and she does have another notch, where she can show a little bit more. I think she knows that.”

The Wolves have gone 61-10 in her three years on varsity.

Asia Doss, 5-foot-7 senior point guard, Birmingham Detroit Country Day — Even though her high school career ended in the same place that her previous four prep seasons had — in the Class B quarterfinals — Doss put together a decorated senior season that would make any of the Yellowjackets’ previous stars envious.

She earned Class B all-state honors from The Associated Press again, finished fourth in the voting for Miss Basketball, and is one of six female finalists for the Detroit Athletic Club’s Michigan High School Athlete of the Year.

Headed for Ohio State, Doss averaged 17.2 points per game, six rebounds, five steals and five assists for a Country Day team that won its 17th straight regional title.

“Asia is such a great floor leader for us,” DCD coach Frank Orlando said. “Out of all the team’s that I’ve had, she is one of the most unselfish players I’ve coached. She loves looking for other teammates out there, and if she doesn’t score, she doesn’t care. She just wants to win.”

Shannon Wilson, 5-foot-10 senior point guard, Bloomfield Hills — To say Shannon Wilson saved her best for last is no exaggeration.

The Wayne State-bound guard set career highs in seven statistical categories as a senior, averaging 21.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.6 steals and 5.0 assists per game, racking up five double-doubles, and one triple-double in a win over Troy.

She ended her career — in which she’s the all-time leading scorer at the now-closed Andover, as well as Bloomfield Hills — with a 40-point outburst in a district semifinal loss. Her 1,508 points, 122 made 3-pointers, 367 assists and 337 steals are all records for players in the Bloomfield Hills school district.

“It’s the totality of her level of play, and the fact that she does it while still making sure that everybody else on the team is involved, that makes her so special,” Bloomfield Hills coach Jeff Rubin said.

Wilson was a first-team all-state selection by The Associated Press.

Kristen Massey, 5-foot-5 senior guard, Novi Franklin Road Christian — The diminutive Massey played a huge role in the upswing of her program’s fortunes in her time there, helping the Warriors claim their first-ever district title this season.

“Kristen Massey is Franklin Road basketball,” Warriors coach Tiffany Butler said. “Franklin Road girls basketball was nothing before Kristen Massey. Now, we’re actually respected. Because when we go on the floor, they know: You could lose because they do bring Kristen Massey.”

A 2,000-point scorer in her five-season varsity career (MHSAA allows eighth-graders to play for schools as small as FRCS), Massey averaged 26.6 points per game, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 3.8 assists, earning AP Class D all-state honors for the second time.

She had 43 of her team’s 55 points in the district title game, and 40 of its 56 points in a loss in regionals — playing on two bad ankles. She tied the state record for career free throws made with 311, including 18 in her final game — the fifth time in her career she’d hit that many.

“Of course it’s not how you want your career to end,” Massey said after her last game, “but I loved every second playing for my school and my teammates, so I’m thankful God blessed me to put me at Franklin Road.”

Candice Leatherwood, 5-foot-7 senior point guard, Farmington Hills Mercy — Most players’ stats take a bit of a dip in the postseason, when the competition ramps up.

Not Leatherwood, who averaged 18 points per game from the start of regionals on, nearly doubling her regular-season output of 10 points per contest.

“We put a lot on our seniors, and they’re very driven. They’re kind of on a mission,” said Mercy coach Gary Morris, who has put the ball in Leatherwood’s hands every game since her freshman year. “I think once the tournament started, I think a lot of these kids, it’s like — they say you play in a different gear. And she’s certainly playing in a different gear. They want to do as much as they can their senior year.”

Leatherwood played like she was possessed in the postseason, trying to drag, push or pull the Marlins to the state title they all coveted. She had 24 points — 14 in the fourth quarter — against No. 2-ranked Grosse Pointe South in the regional semifinals, and 16 in the win over No. 1 Detroit King two nights later.

“This is it. It’s all or nothing. This is my last year, and I want to leave it all on the floor. All or nothing. Win or go home,” said the Liberty-bound Leatherwood of her postseason mentality. “So you just gotta come play like it’s your last time playing.”

Her last time playing — in a semifinal loss to rival Birmingham Marian — Leatherwood left the game with a knee injury, but came back to finish with 14 points, and pass the 1,000 career point plateau.

The Marlins were 77-20 in Leatherwood’s four varsity seasons, winning two Catholic League titles in three appearances in the CHSL finals, and four district titles. This season, they won their first regional crown since 1991.

COACH: Mary Cicerone, Birmingham Marian — The longtime sideline boss for the Mustangs has more wins than all but two active girls basketball coaches in the state, and now five state titles to her credit, after this year’s team captured the Class A crown.

What did it mean to her to be back in the finals for the first time since the last title, back in 1998.

“I think I’m just getting old,” said the always self-deprecating Cicerone after the title game. “I want it more, because my competitiveness is still there. ... But you just want this for them. These kids work hard in the offseason, lifting weights, running. You want it for them, because you like them so much. They’re such a great group. You want them to feel this. It’s just a great feeling. It’s just a great feeling. And you want it for them.”

The Mustangs were dominant in the postseason, beating their opponents by an average of 21 points per game, and allowing just 26.8 points per game — if you take out the 55-point outburst by Farmington Hills Mercy in the semifinals.

FIRST TEAM

Allyssa Copley, 6-foot-1 senior center, Holly

Lauren Hung, 5-foot-8 senior guard, Waterford Mott

Amber Jamison, 5-foot-11 junior forward, Rochester Adams

Kerri McMahan, 5-foot-10 senior guard, Novi

Bailey Thomas, 5-foot-8 sophomore guard, Birmingham Marian

Coach: Gary Morris, Farmington Hills Mercy

SECOND TEAM

Gabi Bird, 6-foot-0 junior forward, South Lyon East

Taylor Jones, 5-foot-7 junior guard, Farmington Hills Mercy

Jessica Murphy, 5-foot-11 junior guard/forward, Oxford

Kristen Nelson, 5-foot-9 sophomore guard, Farmington Hills Harrison

Lauren Tewes, 5-foot-11 junior forward, Waterford Kettering

Coach: Tim Micklash, Farmington Hills Harrison

THIRD TEAM

Taiye Bello, 6-foot-3 sophomore center, Southfield-Lathrup

Brittany Gray, 5-foot-11 junior forward, Birmingham Marian

Sarah LewAllen, 5-foot-8 senior point guard, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

Kyla Roland, 6-foot-0 junior center, Farmington Hills Harrison

Amber Stephens, 5-foot-8 sophomore guard, Farmington Hills Harrison

Coach: January Hladki, Birmingham Seaholm

FOURTH TEAM

Megan Carter, 5-foot-7 junior point guard, North Farmington

Micaela Ellis, 5-foot-4 senior point guard, Ferndale

Charity Godbold, 5-foot-8 senior guard, Southfield Christian

Lucia Westrick, 6-foot-0 senior center, Clarkston Everest Collegiate

Maria Zandi, 5-foot-6 junior point guard, Stoney Creek

Coach: David Hall, Holly

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Deja Church, 5-foot-8 guard, Southfield-Lathrup

Chloe Godbold, guard, Southfield Christian

Mackenzie Harbort, 5-foot-6 point guard, Birmingham Seaholm

Destiny Pitts, 5-foot-10 guard/forward, Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Samantha Thomas, 6-foot-0 forward, Birmingham Marian

HONORABLE MENTION (in alphabetical order): Cheryl Banas, Jr., Oxford; Jaimee Beckett, Jr., Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood; Kristi Lynn Defoe, So., Southfield; Dazia Dinkins, Jr., West Bloomfield; Kristin Doxen, Sr., Madison Heights Bishop Foley; Renee Fischer, Jr., Madison Heights Bishop Foley; Elise Gustafson, Jr., Milford; Kaitlyn Hendershott, Jr., Ortonville Brandon; Kara Holinski, Jr., Birmingham Marian; Lindsey Klei, Sr., Pontiac Notre Dame Prep; Nicole Krier, Sr., Lake Orion; Julia Kroll, Jr., Waterford Kettering; Jessica Mehr, Sr., South Lyon; Raiven Owusu, Jr., Rochester Adams; Anna Robb, Sr., Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes; Kacy Robinson, Sr., Clarkston; Jenna Rogers, Jr., Wixom St. Catherine; Brianna Rowe, Sr., Birmingham Groves; Nadia Salman, Sr., Birmingham Roeper; Kaitlyn Smith, So., Holly; Haley Tewes, So., Waterford Kettering; Amber Thomas, Sr., Madison Heights Madison; Elise Tolbert, Sr., Birmingham Seaholm; Lauren Voss, Sr., Stoney Creek; Brittany Washington, Sr., Birmingham Detroit Country Day; Cortney Williams, Sr., Southfield; Deana Williams, Sr., Oak Park; Moriah Williams, Jr., Waterford Mott; Rachael Zelmanski, Sr., Troy; Dominique Zigo, Sr., Lakeland

Email Matthew B. Mowery at matt.mowery@oakpress.com.

Last Updated: 4/14/2014 2:17:01 PM EST


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