Warren Cousino junior guard Mackenzie Cook races up the floor during a March 6 regional semifinal win over Sterling Heights Stevenson. Cook led all scorers with 15 points.

Warren Cousino junior guard Mackenzie Cook races up the floor during a March 6 regional semifinal win over Sterling Heights Stevenson. Cook led all scorers with 15 points.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


Cousino girls hoops outlasts Stevenson to advance to regional final

Patriots will play for third straight regional title March 8

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published March 6, 2018

 Sterling Heights Stevenson junior forward Hannah Scopas battles for a rebound in a March 6 Class A regional semifinal game against Warren Cousino.

Sterling Heights Stevenson junior forward Hannah Scopas battles for a rebound in a March 6 Class A regional semifinal game against Warren Cousino.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

ANCHOR BAY — A fourth-quarter surge pushed the Warren Cousino girls basketball team past Sterling Heights Stevenson 40-31 March 6 and into a Class A regional final.

The Patriots (15-7) will face either Macomb Dakota or Grosse Pointe North in a regional title game set for 7 p.m. March 8 at New Baltimore Anchor Bay.

Cousino, which has advanced to at least the state semifinals in each of the last two seasons, trailed for the majority of the game but outscored Stevenson 17-6 in the final frame to seal the win.

The Patriots, which won the 2016 Class A state championship, took the lead for good at 29-27 on two free throws by sophomore forward Rachel Adewussi with 4:12 left in the game. Adewussi finished with 14 points, all in the second half, including scoring 14 of 16 points for Cousino during a stretch in the second half.

“(Adewussi) is an athletic player, so we tried to isolate her in the post because we knew she could finish,” Patriots coach Mike Lee said. 

Cousino junior guard Mackenzie Cook sealed the game at the line. Cook, who finished with a game-high 15 points, hit seven of eight free throws in the final 1:16 to keep her team ahead.

The Patriots led 9-4 early in the game, but the Titans (11-13) finished the first half on a 13-4 run to take a 17-13 lead at halftime. Stevenson played very deliberately on offense, using the clock and working the ball around to get the best possible shot. The Titans, who got 12 points from senior guard Tori Beers, led 25-23 after three quarters.

Stevenson managed just one made field goal in the fourth quarter.

“We knew a game played in the 30s would give us the best chance to win,” Stevenson coach Brian Hottle said. “I think we kind of got tired in the fourth. We missed some layups and shots we’d been hitting earlier in the game.

“Hats off to Cousino. They have some good players. I’m proud of my girls. They played really hard.”

Lee called Stevenson a scrappy team. The Patriots will be very familiar with their next opponent, as Cousino, Dakota and Grosse Pointe North are all members of the Macomb Area Conference Red Division. The Cougars and Norsemen shared the league title this season, with the Patriots finishing one game behind. Cousino and Dakota have met three times, while the Patriots have played Grosse Pointe North twice. The Patriots are 2-3 in those games.

“It’s the MAC Red. We’ll know whichever team we get really well,” Lee said. “It’s going to come down to which team executes and makes winning plays.”