Southfield A&T junior guard Cheyenne McEvans celebrates after the Warriors 60-47 win over Royal Oak Feb. 5 on the road. McEvans finished with 23 points and 22 rebounds in the contest.

Southfield A&T junior guard Cheyenne McEvans celebrates after the Warriors 60-47 win over Royal Oak Feb. 5 on the road. McEvans finished with 23 points and 22 rebounds in the contest.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


Southfield A&T girls basketball down Royal Oak High to take over first place in OAA Red

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published February 5, 2019

 Royal Oak senior guard Samantha Potter makes a move to the basket Feb. 5 in a home loss. Potter recorded 9 points in the game.

Royal Oak senior guard Samantha Potter makes a move to the basket Feb. 5 in a home loss. Potter recorded 9 points in the game.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

ROYAL OAK — It was a game full of runs, high emotions and a unique atmosphere. As the clock struck triple zeros, it would be Southfield A&T beating the Royal Oak 60-47 Feb. 5 to take over sole possession of first place in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

“It’s big,” A&T coach Michele Marshall said on the win. “It’s big because it’s the OAA Red, and we always want to compete against the best in the OAA Red. It’s big because we’re trying to get better with each game that goes along. It’s big because it’s momentum leading towards a state title."

Junior Cheyenne McEvans showed up and showed out in this game, finishing with a team-leading 23 points and 22 rebounds. Alexis Johnson also chipped in with 18 points and two rebounds.

“She’s just a natural competitor,” Marshall said of McEvans. “Cheyenne wants to win, and she’s going to give you everything you need to do so.”

The two played a close first quarter as they traded buckets. At the end of the first eight minutes, the Warriors led 10-9.

The game was ultimately decided by a 15-0 run from A&T late in the second quarter. That proved to be too much for the Ravens to come back from. Marshall said the run was predicated on not taking your foot off the gas.

“They couldn’t stop the dribble drive,” McEvans said. “We just kept on attacking the middle and they were fouling. We knocked down the free throws and ran the score up.”

Going into the game, Ravens coach Brian Sopata said one of the main concerns was letting one scoring play snowball into many more, that’s exactly what would hand his team its first loss this season.

“They fed off of a couple turnovers, made baskets and finished.” Sopata said. “We looked a little discombobulated. Look at the kids they have on the floor, they can go do those things. They stepped up big time there.”

The Ravens were led by sophomore guard Sarah Soraghan who finished with 13 points. Seniors Samantha Potter and Nila Coney both finished with 9 points.

Now 12-1 on the season, the Ravens will look to rebound at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 against North Farmington. Before that happens, Sopata and his team are going to hit the gym.

“It’s one game in the season,” he said. “There’s a lot of basketball to be played. We have to regroup, and I’m hoping we can get in the gym and practice.”

Up next for A&T, will be Birmingham Groves at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at home.