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Southfield A&T girls hoops working toward similar goal

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published December 18, 2019

 Southfield A&T’s Cheyenne McEvans goes up for a shot Dec. 5 against Auburn Hills Avondale. At press time, the Warriors were 2-1 overall.

Southfield A&T’s Cheyenne McEvans goes up for a shot Dec. 5 against Auburn Hills Avondale. At press time, the Warriors were 2-1 overall.

Photo by Sean Work

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SOUTHFIELD — Southfield A&T girls basketball coach Michele Marshall has never strayed from setting high expectations for her teams.

Fresh off a run to the Division 1 state final — where the Warriors lost to Saginaw Heritage — the expectations are again to compete for a state title.

At press time, the Warriors were 2-1 overal. Their lone loss came to Pewamo-Westphalia, which won the D-3 state title one year ago.

“I believe we can make it and win it all,” senior Cheyenne McEvans said. “We have to believe in ourselves and know we can do anything — we can beat any team.”

There are things to learn from early-season losses, and helping everyone settle into their role is one of the biggest things Marshall has been continuing to work on.

The Warriors have a wealth of talent, led by McEvans, Jasmine Worthy and Kayiona Willis. McEvans has signed with the University at Buffalo, while Worthy and Willis have been on varsity for multiple years.

“Our other kids have to play a role in this game, and they have to be contributors,” Marshall said. “It may not be at the clip of a McEvans, but we still need some help with those other two starters and off the bench.”

Southfield A&T will again be in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division, which it won last season. Marshall expects to again be fighting for the top spot, with a few teams that could challenge.

Either way, playing in the top division of the conference is a good test for her team, allowing them to get a glimpse of what it may see down the road.

“You can never downgrade anybody that plays in the OAA Red,” Marshall said. “At the end of the day, everybody that coaches in the OAA and the teams that come out, they all come out hard and they come out wanting to win, and they make us better every single year.”

Getting better over the course of the year will be key if the Warriors want a shot at reaching the goals they have set for themselves.

McEvans and Marshall both said the team is hungry after falling one victory short of a state title last season.

“I’m kind of feeling it. I only have one more year. We got to do something. I got to make a statement just for my school, my family and my team,” McEvans said.

Up next, the Warriors play at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Clarkston High.

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