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Unranked Flushing upsets defending champ Cousino, 52-36, in a Class A semifinal

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Unranked Flushing upsets defending champ Cousino, 52-36, in a Class A semifinal

 

East Lansing – Much like Warren Cousino did last season, Flushing has escaped from the shadows and is one game away from accomplishing what Cousino did.

Flushing outscored Cousino (24-3) in every quarter and upset the No. 2-ranked and defending state champions, 52-36, in a Class A semifinal on Friday at the Breslin Center.

Flushing (23-3), unranked all season, will play East Kentwood (25-1) in Saturday’s final at noon. East Kentwood defeated Southfield for the Arts and Technology, 55-51.

It’s the first state-final appearance for both teams.

Cousino never won a region title until last season and the Patriots made a remarkable run to the title behind the sprited play of Kierra Fletcher.

Fletcher had 30 points and seven rebounds but she was alone on island as her teammates combined to make just one field goal in 29 attempts.

Flushing was outstanding on the defensive end. From the middle of the first quarter on the Raiders continually frustrated Cousino. Mackenzie Cook’s basket with 4:46 left in the first pulled the Patriots to within 7-6. Cousino would score just three more baskets in the first half, all by Fletcher.

Flushing led 19-10 after the first quarter and 33-20 at halftime. Cousino got within 35-25 on a Fletcher basket with 5:03 left in the third but that’s as close as the Patriots would come.

“It’s hard to formulate thoughts,” Flushing coach Larry Ford said. “(My players) are very good at figuring o