“Going 20-0 (in the regular season) is overrated,” she said during the summer. “Especially if it doesn’t mean winning a state title.”
Grand Haven will match up against a Detroit King squad that is 5-0 and has defeated their opponents by an average of a staggering 50 points per game. Their closest result was a 65-55 victory over the defending Class A state champion, Inkster, on Dec. 17.
Both Grand Haven and Detroit King were ranked in the top five in the state by the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press in the preseason.
The contest between the Bucs and Crusaders is part of the four-day Motor City Roundball Classic. Teams can compete in the tournament or come in for a single game, much like the Bucs are doing.
“We’re playing in this because a lot of the best teams in the state are in this tournament,” said Grand Haven coach Katie Kowalcyzk-Fulmer. “I asked to play the best Class A team in the tournament. Some teams go down and play a couple games. I chose to play one game because I didn’t want to have to go down there and spend the night.”
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