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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Fordson ends long dry spell against Edsel (PHOTO)

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Defending champion Edsel Ford will host a Class A girls' basketball district this week, but local rivals Crestwood, Dearborn High and Fordson are all riding in with more momentum than the home team.

Crestwood has already beaten all three Dearborn schools in the field, along with Lincoln Park, and headed into the final game of the regular season with 15 wins in a row.

Fordson beat the Thunderbirds for the first time in 10 seasons on Feb. 15, taking home a 38-35 victory.

The Tractors came out playing strong defense and led 10-4 after the first quarter. Edsel jumped to life in the second and was up 16-15 at the half. Fordson fired back in the third quarter and took a 24-23 lead into the final eight minutes.

The game went right down to the wire and the T-Birds had possession of the ball with the score tied at 35 and 40 seconds to go.

The Tractors forced a turnover and called time out.

Madina Fawaz ended up with the ball on the right wing, drove the base line and scored her only field goal of the night with 25 seconds to play.

Edsel turned it over again on the other end and Talia Hamid was fouled to stop the clock with 16 seconds left.

She split two free throws to give Fordson a three-point lead and Edsel was unable to hit a triple to tie in the waning moments.

"Madina is one of our best players and she was due to hit a big shot like that," said Tractors coach Doug Marks, "but this was a total team effort. Talia made some shots, Souha (Homayed) was a great floor leader, Mariam (Faraj) came in and made some plays and our post players (Ghada Bazzi, Sikne Mansour and Latife Alsayed) all did a great job.

"This win gave us a record of 9-11 and that's a very good season for us. It should also give us a lift heading into the districts."

Hamid led the winners with 13 points. Bazzi had nine and Mansour added eight.

Marisa Sauve had 14 for Edsel before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Julia Cosenza had eight and Kennedy Rankin scored six.

"We had a slow start, but you have to give Fordson some of the credit for that," said T-Birds coach Janet Smith. "After that, we played hard and made it a close game but, after Marisa fouled out, we didn't execute down the stretch and they did."

Edsel headed into the fray on the heels of a 58-41 loss to Romulus the night before in a game that was postponed after being snowed out on Feb. 8.

The Eagles locked up the championship of the Western Wayne Athletic Association Blue Division by taking a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter that grew to 25-15 at the half and was never in serious jeopardy.

Rankin led the T-Birds that night with 15 points and Sauve scored nine.

Edsel was at Wyandotte Roosevelt last Monday for a non-league game and nothing went right in a 50-12 loss.

Dearborn High swept two games with Fordson and split with Edsel this season.

The Pioneers headed into the final week of the regular season with 10 wins in the past 11 games and will face the Tractors for the third time this year tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the first round of Edsel's district.

The winner of that game will meet Crestwood in the semifinals Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The Thunderbirds will host Lincoln Park tomorrow at 7 p.m. with the winner drawing Allen Park in the semifinals on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The championship game will be Friday at 7 p.m.

Divine Child hosts

After winning three regional championships, two quarterfinals and a state title in the past four seasons, the Falcons will head into this year's tournament as heavy favorites to win a distrct on their home court.

The action begins Monday night. River Rouge will take on Robicaud at 6 p.m. with the winner advancing to meet Melvindale Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.

Annapolis and Henry Ford Academy will square off Monday at 7:30 p.m. with the winner running into DC for Wednesday's second semifinal at 7:30 p.m.

The championship game is set for Friday at 7 p.m.

Last Updated: 2/22/2013 2:27:09 PM EST