Girls on the Southfield A&T basketball squad were all smiles after defeating Farmington Hills Mercy in a Class A district championship.

Girls on the Southfield A&T basketball squad were all smiles after defeating Farmington Hills Mercy in a Class A district championship.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


District title gives a sense of pride for Southfield A&T girls hoops

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published March 7, 2018

SOUTHFIELD — For the second time in as many years, the Southfield A&T girls basketball team emerged from the district round as champions in the playoffs.

This may not come as a huge surprise to most — even if it should.

“This means a lot, and for a few reasons,” coach Michele Marshall said. “This is a young school and a young program. To do what we did last year was special, but now we have a chance to back it up with a district title, and we did.”

Marshall spoke just two days following the 49-45 victory over Farmington Hills Mercy March 2 in a game played at Mercy.

“Playing that team, in their gym, it’s tough,” Marshall said. “They play hard. They shoot well. But our defense was key. We were able to put some pressure on, and that turned into points.”

Southfield A&T (16-5 overall) advanced to the regional round and hosted Detroit Martin Luther King in a semifinal played after press time.

Marshall said that no matter what happens from here on out, this team and this season are something she will never forget.

“Probably the most resilient group I’ve ever worked with,” she explained. “The start of the season was such a struggle, with injuries and chemistry and so on. We could have very easily given up.”

The Warriors started the year 0-4, but they won 16 of 17 games after that.

“And this wasn’t an easy district,” Marshall added. “That makes it pretty cool. Mercy had tremendous support in their gym, and it was a great game. We’ve been in districts that haven’t been all that competitive, but this was a very tough district. I give all these teams credit, and for us to come out on top was awesome.”

Southfield A&T defeated Farmington High 71-45 in a semifinal.