Marshall sings praises of her Southfield A&T team after regional loss

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published March 14, 2018

 Cheyenne McEvans is one of a host of players who could return next year for Southfield A&T.

Cheyenne McEvans is one of a host of players who could return next year for Southfield A&T.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

 Southfield A&T junior Alexis Johnson is pictured during a March 2 district final victory over Farmington Hills Mercy. The Warriors ended the season at 16-6 after falling to Detroit King in the regional.

Southfield A&T junior Alexis Johnson is pictured during a March 2 district final victory over Farmington Hills Mercy. The Warriors ended the season at 16-6 after falling to Detroit King in the regional.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

SOUTHFIELD — She’s won countless games, a state title and has more accomplishments on the basketball court than most.

Yet it was her most recent team, one that simply made a run to the regional round of the Class A state playoffs, that will forever hold a special place in Michele Marshall’s heart.

“This is as proud of a team as I think I’ve ever been,” Marshall said. “It would have been so easy for them to throw in the towel and chalk this up to rebuilding. But that was never an option for them.”

The Warriors’ season came to a close March 6 in a 50-37 loss to Detroit Martin Luther King in a Class A regional semifinal.

“We just didn’t have the energy we needed,” Marshall said of the loss. “Give King all the credit in the world, but we picked a bad night to have a bad night. I mean, it was close, and we led in the third, but we had a bad stretch in the fourth quarter and never recovered.”

The loss ended Southfield A&T’s season with a 16-6 overall record.

“They pulled together,” Marshall said of her team, which won 15 in a row and 16 of 17 before the playoff loss. “I give a lot of credit to the senior leadership. And then the younger girls really stepped up.”

Marshall was quick to praise the senior leadership from, namely, D’Layna Holliman and Shawna Manning.

“Those are glue players, girls that hold things together,” she said. 

At the same time, the Warriors could bring back most of their starting lineup, including the team’s leading scorer in junior Alexis Johnson, who averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds per game.

“This group has the chance to be very good,” Marshall said. “There are some pieces to fill, but the opportunity is there.”