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GIRLS BASKETBALL: M.L. King advances to third straight PSL city title appearance, with a 61-38 win over Renaissance

   | Branden Hunter

GIRLS BASKETBALL: M.L. King advances to third straight PSL city title appearance, with a 61-38 win over Renaissance

DETROIT - Martin Luther King girls basketball head coach William Winfield is a living legend. In his tenure at the east side school, he has won five state titles and 21 city championships. 

He have to opportunity to capture his 22nd city title next Friday at Calihan Hall, in a rematch with Cass Tech. But first his Lady Crusaders had to get past Renaissance, which they did in convincing fashion, 61-38. 

"Normally we play better than what we played tonight," Winfield said. "We missed a lot of lay-ups and Mart'e (Grays) game was off, she usually plays better. But we're just glad we won."

Grays wasn't her usual self, but still finished with a team-high 15 points. Her teammates stepped up big time, with Lashai Geeter, Malaysia McHenry and Janae Williams all combining for 37 points and 26 rebounds.

"Those three are going to be the ones who are going to have to do it for us," Winfield said. "On the defensive end they played well and on the offensive end, not so well. Those are things we can correct and we will work on that the next few days."

Renaissance (11-5) came out with a sense of urgency in the first quarter and actually led 9-4 with 3:35 left in the first. King closed the quarter out on a 9-2 run to take a 13-11 lead and never looked back.

"We started off the game fast