Rickea Jackson and Gabrielle Elliott lead Edison past Hamady, 54-31, in Class C semifinals

Basketball   | Jeff Dullack

Rickea Jackson and Gabrielle Elliott lead Edison past Hamady, 54-31, in Class C semifinals

East Lansing – Playing on a big stage can be a bit overwhelming at times, especially for a young team.

Don’t tell that to Detroit Edison. The Pioneers are comprised of nine freshmen, one sophomore and two juniors.

Taking on perennial contender Flint Hamady in a Class C semifinal at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, the Pioneers (20-5) were unfazed from the start. They jumped out to a 9-0 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 54-31 victory.

In the Class C state final, Edison will face Pewamo-Westphalia, who beat Maple City Glen Lake in the second semifinal of the day, at 4:00pm on Saturday afternoon back at the Breslin Center.

Edison coach Monique Brown said that her team’s tough schedule helped prepare the Pioneers for their playoff run and added that she was most pleased with her team’s effort on Thursday.

“They’ve been preparing for this and we’ve talked about it throughout the season,” she said. “We had a really tough rough part of our schedule in the middle of the schedule, we played (Detroit) King, we played Midland Dow, Southfield A&T and we won some of those games and we lost of them, but I told them that was in preparation for games like today. They really came out and played really hard and I always told them, no matter what, I don’t want to hear anyone say we’re talented, I want people to see how hard we play.”

After a dominant defensive effort in the first quarter, led by six points from sophomore Rickea Jackson, freshman Gabrielle Elliott took over in the second quarter.

Elliott is the younger sister of Mr. Basketball candidate Greg Elliot of Detroit East English Village Prep. She scored 13 points as Edison would take a 28-8 lead at halftime.

Elliott said that her strong effort in the second quarter wasn’t a result of her doing anything out of the ordinary.

“That’s just stuff I worked on in practice and my teammates got me the ball,” she said. “It really wasn’t anything di