West Bloomfield High’s Mya Bobo, left, looks to make a pass against Bloomfield Hills High earlier this season. The Lakers were 3-4 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division at press time.

West Bloomfield High’s Mya Bobo, left, looks to make a pass against Bloomfield Hills High earlier this season. The Lakers were 3-4 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division at press time.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Lakers girls basketball team looking for strong finish to season

By: Mike Moore | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published February 1, 2018

 West Bloomfield High’s Niah Thurman brings the ball up in a game earlier this season. The Lakers are looking to close the season out on a strong note.

West Bloomfield High’s Niah Thurman brings the ball up in a game earlier this season. The Lakers are looking to close the season out on a strong note.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — With a new coach and a host of new players the roster, there was the feeling coming into the season that the West Bloomfield High girls basketball team was going to endure some growing pains.

For coach Bert Mosley and his squad, that premonition proved to be prophetic. 

But now it’s time for the next gear and the next leap forward, the first-year coach said about his group last week.

“The girls seem to be more locked in now,” Mosley said. “They are holding themselves more accountable. At the same time, there were so many losses where we didn’t get outplayed early in the season; we just had a bad stretch here or there that cost us.”

Mosley stepped into the head coaching spot without a single senior on the roster this winter and only a few girls with varsity minutes. In total, he has two freshmen, four sophomores and five juniors on the team.

At press time, the Lakers were 3-10 overall and 3-4 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

“We’ve been running into more experience, not so much more talent,” Mosley said. “We’re losing to teams who know how to play together. I really see that changing. The girls have figured some things out and are playing much better.”

The Lakers’ most recent win was a 49-41 victory over Troy Athens Jan. 26.

“We lost some games due to that inexperience, but the girls are getting better,” Mosley said. “They want to make the most of the final stretch of the season.”

And that’s the key now: closing out the regular season with strong play leading into the playoffs. And then, shifting all focus toward a huge step forward next winter.

“The offseason plans are already set,” Mosley said. “We’re going to have a new conditioning program. We’ll be in the gym, hit some team camps and continue to grow this (program). We’re looking forward to the future. I’ve seen progress, but I know there is so much more to be had as they keep growing.”

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