Winston’s late bucket sends Muskegon to state semifinals

Posted at 11:35 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 23:35:48-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Aylza Winston's shot with four seconds left lifted Muskegon to a 53-51 win over DeWitt Tuesday night in a Division 1 state quarterfinal at Loy Norrix High School.

"Feels amazing," said Winston, who finished fourth in the Miss Basketball voting. "I didn't know what was going to happen. They got a steal, they had a possession, we pressured up on Dee and got a steal, and I didn't really know if I was going to make it or not. But I shot it, and normally it falls. So I feel really grateful and really blessed to be able to pull it out."

This has been a season of firsts for the Lady Reds: the first time winning back-to-back district titles, the first time winning back-to-back regional titles, and now the first state semifinal in program history.

"Every single time we step on the floor right now, we're kind of making history," head coach Rodney Walker said. "No girls' team in the history of the program has ever gone this far, so they kind of understand the moment they're in right now, and more important that we have our city riding for us right now."

Muskegon (21-4) will meet Southfield A&T (23-1) Friday at 1 p.m. at Calvin College in a Division 1 state semifinal.