Hello everyone, the MHSAA just released the Girls Basketball matchups. I wrote a district column in June when the teams were assigned to their respective districts. I also wrote my insight and which team is likely to win the district and those primed to be upset.
My insight and thoughts will also be on the ONTV blog to see as well as this one.
If anyone wants to comment there is comments section down below.
Anyway without further a dew here are the matchups.
District 5 @ Waterford Kettering
Romeo vs CLARKSTON
Romeo/CLARKSTON vs LAKE ORION
OXFORD vs ADAMS
OXFORD/ADAMS vs Waterford Kettering
PROJECTED District Final: Adams vs Clarkston
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: Adams
Thoughts: When I look at this district, the early favorite has to be Clarkston. The Wolves have had a solid season thus far. Romeo has had a struggle thus far this year along with Lake Orion. The Dragons are still a young basketball team. On the other side of the bracket, I thought Adams got a great draw pending if they get by Oxford whom can be very dangerous come postseason time because they are playing with nothing to lose. That winner gets Waterford Kettering on their home floor which the Captains have not had the best of seasons but it doesn’t matter come postseason time and they still have experience winning the district last season.
District 6 @ Bloomfield Hills
BLOOMFIELD HILLS vs WEST BLOOMFIELD
BLOOMFIELD HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD vs Waterford Mott
PONTIAC vs AVONDALE
PROJECTED District Final: Avondale vs West Bloomfield
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: West Bloomfield
CHAMPION: West Bloomfield
Thoughts: When I look at this district it appears to be that this will be a West Bloomfield vs Avondale district final but the team that could really spoil that possible matchup is Waterford Mott. The Corsairs have played a tough schedule and is in the midst of a Lakes Valley League race however the Lakers are right now in the midst of the Red race and the Yellow Jackets control the White. Avondale wants West Bloomfield in the worst way after they lost three times to them last season. This district looks very interesting.
District 25 @ Farmington
FARMINGTON vs Farmington Hills Mercy
FARMINGTON/Farmington Hills Mercy vs Novi
NORTH FARMINGTON vs Livonia Stevenson
PROJECTED District Final: Farmington Hills Mercy vs Livonia Stevenson
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: North Farmington
CHAMPION: Farmington Hills Mercy
Thoughts: This is an interesting district on paper but the favorite has to be Farmington Hills Mercy. The Marlins have had a strong season thus far for coach Gary Morris but they will have to likely see a game Novi squad in the district semifinals but they should get through to the district final. I think if there is a team that is primed to be upset it’s North Farmington, they get to play Livonia Stevenson. The Spartans are no easy pushover and they have been very competitive thus far in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association East. I think the Raiders have been playing with house money and look real primed to be upset. I like this Spartans squad, they could make some noise and ruin someone’s season.
District 26 @ Birmingham Marian
GROVES vs SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH
GROVES/SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH vs ROYAL OAK
SEAHOLM vs Birmingham Marian
SEAHOLM/Birmingham Marian vs BERKLEY
PROJECTED District Final: Southfield Arts and Tech vs Birmingham Marian
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: Southfield Arts and Tech
CHAMPION: Birmingham Marian
Thoughts: It has been a weird season for a lot of these squads but when looking at a possible Southfield Arts and Tech vs Birmingham Marian district final then it could get people’s attention. The Warriors have basically rode Cheyenne McEvans and Jasmine Worthy all season long but if they get to the district final pending if they get by Royal Oak and Groves (both teams were blown out by Southfield Arts and Tech in the regular season) then they would see the Mustangs pending if they can get by Berkley. Birmingham Marian has a ton of talent and it’s on their home floor. I think there is a changing of the guard in this district.
District 27 @ Detroit Mumford
OAK PARK vs Detroit Renaissance
OAK PARK/Detroit Renaissance vs Warren Mott
Warren Fitzgerald vs Detroit Mumford
PROJECTED DISTRICT FINAL: Detroit Renaissance vs Detroit Mumford
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: Detroit Mumford
CHAMPION: Detroit Renaissance
Thoughts: The magical ride of Oak Park could likely end in the pre-district when they have to play the newly crowned Detroit Public School League Champions Detroit Renaissance. I really like what Coach Peggy Carr has done for the Knights this season especially with what they have done in the Blue but the Phoenix are really experienced and talented under former Oakland University Men’s Basketball Player Shane Lawal. Detroit Mumford has experience but a disappointing Detroit Public School League tournament so the Mustangs would like to get some payback at home in this district. I really think this could be Detroit Renaissance’ year to make some noise.
District 29 @ Stoney Creek
STONEY CREEK vs TROY ATHENS
STONEY CREEK/TROY ATHENS vs Utica Eisenhower
Utica vs TROY
Utica/TROY vs ROCHESTER
PROJECTED District Final: Utica vs Utica Eisenhower
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: Troy
Thoughts: This is a very interesting district at Stoney Creek. Any team can win this district although the pundits think it will be Troy that gets out of this district but don’t count out Utica. The Chieftains are the defending district champs from last season and they beat the Colts in overtime in the district final last season and they have the talent to do it again to Troy. That winner will get a Rochester squad that has improved dramatically under first year coach Bill Thurston and they could post some problems in this district. On the other side of the bracket it’s very interesting as well with Troy Athens and Stoney Creek. Although these two squads did not play each other this season. Both teams have playmakers and what shapes up to be a great matchup. That winner will have Utica Eisenhower who has had a good season as well and has some very talented players in their own right. This district should be very competitive.
District 58 @ Detroit Cody
Detroit Cornerstone vs Detroit Cody
Detroit Cornerstone/Detroit Cody vs FERNDALE
Detroit Old Redford vs Detroit Communication Media Arts
PROJECTED District Final: Detroit Cody vs Detroit Communication Media Arts
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: Detroit Cody
CHAMPION: Detroit Cody
Thoughts: This is not a strong district on paper but Detroit Cody has had a special season thus far and the district is on their home gym. If there is one team that could spoil someone’s season it’s Ferndale. The Eagles have played a ton of Division One schools and has been battle tested in the Blue. On the other side of the bracket there is Detroit Communication of Media Arts. They have been 500 all season but they did just enough to get the number two seed in the district thus getting Detroit Old Redford who has been struggling all season long. I just see this district final happening but don’t count Ferndale out as they could give Detroit Cody some issues.