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Southfield A&T's rally from 20 down falls short in semifinal loss to East Kentwood WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • A long pass is just out of the grasp of Southfield A&T's Alexis Johnson (24). The Warriors cut a 20-point deficit down to two before losing 55-51 to East Kentwood at MSU's Jack Breslin Student Events Center on Friday, March 17, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Southfield A&T’s Deja Church (23) drives to the basket for 2 of her game high 26 points as East Kentwood’s Corinne Jamison (42) defends during the MHSAA Class A State semi-final played on Friday March 17, 2017 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. The Warriors lost to the Falcons 55-51. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Alexis Johnson (24) of Southfield A&T moves past East Kentwood’s Lazurea Saunders (30) during the MHSAA Class A State semi-final played on Friday March 17, 2017 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, The Warriors lost to the Falcons 55-51. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Southfield A&T’s D’Layna Holliman (11) puts up a shot over East Kentwood’s Amari Brown (3) during the MHSAA Class A State semi-final played on Friday March 17, 2017 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, The Warriors lost to the Falcons 55-51. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Deja Church (23) of Southfield A&T gets past East Kentwood’s Maurya Barnes (1) during the MHSAA Class A State semi-final played on Friday March 17, 2017 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Church has a game high 26 points but the Warriors lost to the Falcons 55-51. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Southfield A&T Warriors were defeated in the MHSAA Class A State semi-final game by East Kentwood 55-51. The game was played on Friday March 17, 2017 at The Breslin Center in East Lansing. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)

EAST LANSING >> Within their grasp. And then it wasn’t anymore.

An intense second-half rally helped Southfield A&T eliminate nearly all of a 20-point hole they put themselves in, with poor shooting through the first 20 minutes of Friday’s Class A semifinal against East Kentwood.

Two and half minutes into the fourth quarter, the Warriors had whittled that lead down to just two, and had two possessions on which they could’ve tied the game, or taken the lead.

And they never got the bucket they needed.

“In the locker room, I just basically told everybody ‘The game isn’t over.’ We were down by 15 points, and pretty much that’s nothing. We just tried to shake off the first half,” said A&T senior Deja Church. “Third quarter, we came out there playing really hard, cut the lead down to two. At that point, I felt like we could get it. Then after the timeout, we were a little sluggish, and they went on their run. Pretty much they had the last run.”

The Falcons sealed it with a couple key free throws at the end, and survived to win, 55-51, moving on to Saturday’s title game against Flint Metro League champion Flushing.

The first season in A&T history ends with a 22-5 record, and the city of Southfield’s first run to the Breslin Center since Southfield-Lathrup won it all in 2005.

“We’ve had a very good season, through the adversity of merging two schools. I can’t speak enough about how proud I am of them, in everything they’ve given this program. They have nothing to hang their heads on. I told them in the lockerroom, they played so hard, and we — as a school, as a community, as a coaching staff — are so proud of them,” said A&T coach Michele Marshall.

“Make no mistake: I’m probably more proud of this team than any team I’ve ever coached.”

The Warriors put themselves in an enormous hole, shooting just 6.7 percent (1-for-15) in the first quarter, and 18.8 percent (6-for-32) in the first half. They trailed 9-3 after one frame, then scored 12 points in the second — only to give up 21.

Along with the rest of her teammates, Church struggled to finish, particularly in the first half. She was 3-for-16 from the floor before halftime, and finished with 26 points, but on 8-for-34 shooting.

“I had a lot of trouble finishing. My coach and my mom, she was telling me just take that extra dribble, and once I get inside the lane, just go up with it. I won’t say I was nervous — I think just the circumstances of the game, I didn’t really handle it well,” said the Miss Basketball finalist. “When we were down, I was just trying to get back in the game, forcing shots.”

The Warriors could’ve folded when they fell behind, but they rallied to make it a game.

It took a gut check of monumental proportions — and it took getting the Falcons off their game, too.

Since the referees were letting them play, both ways, the Warriors seized on the opportunity.

“They were very physical, the most physical team we played all year. We’ve played some pretty rough teams, but this was on a whole other level. Because they weren’t calling anything, you had to expect the contact, and take it,” said East Kentwood’s Mauriya Barnes, who admitted the Falcons got a little frazzled by it.

“Well, we got a little into our own heads. The crowd kind of got to us a little bit. We never really played with that big of a crowd. I think we just pulled each other together as a team, bonded together.”

A&T made the Falcons scramble after halftime, but looked gassed in the process — until the scramble started snowballing.

The Warriors had the deficit back to 11 points, 38-27, headed to the fourth, then opened the final quarter on a 7-0 run to make it a two-possession game. By the time the first 2:30 had rolled off the clock in the fourth, it was a one-possession game, 42-40, with 5:38 left.

“It (the rally) took a lot out of me, especially when I’d go up and get an and-one, and I’d scream ‘AND ONE!’ Then I’d think ‘Why did I do that? Now I’m tired …’” Church admitted.

“It was really exciting. Everybody told me to just live in this moment, so when we cut the lead to two, I was living in the moment.”

That’s when the fatigue looked like it set in again, as East Kentwood counterpunched, pushing the lead back up to 10 with a 10-2 run over the next three minutes, leading 52-42 with 2:40 left.

“Just told them to settle down. Told them to take care of business, so we can come back tomorrow,” East Kentwood coach Jimmy Carter said of his timeout he took before the run.

Two misses at the free-throw line with just over a minute left gave the Warriors a last gasp: D’Layna Holliman drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing to make it a three-point game, 52-49, with 60 seconds left.

Barnes would make two free throws with 25 seconds left to make it a two-possession game again, all but ending A&T’s hopes.

“Those last two free throws, I just really had to compose myself,” she said. “We really needed those at that time, so I had to get myself together and make those.”

Last Updated: 3/17/2017 6:25:31 PM EST


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