Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Geordon Duncan, right, drives the lane against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in a game earlier this season. The Eaglets were 9-4 overall at press time.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Geordon Duncan, right, drives the lane against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in a game earlier this season. The Eaglets were 9-4 overall at press time.

Photo by Donna Agusti


St. Mary’s basketball team in a prime spot for league and state runs

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

 Sophomore Lorne Bowman has been a key to the Eaglets’ run so far, averaging 25 points per game to lead the offense.

Sophomore Lorne Bowman has been a key to the Eaglets’ run so far, averaging 25 points per game to lead the offense.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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ORCHARD LAKE — With the final quarter of the regular season upon them, Todd Covert and the players on his Orchard Lake St. Mary’s basketball team are faced with the challenge of taking what’s been a pretty great year so far and making it an excellent one.

Needless to say, challenge accepted.

“Definitely a team that can go on a run,” Covert said early last week. “We’ve played a very difficult schedule and handled it nicely. It’s gotten us ready for what’s to come.”

At press time, the Eaglets were 9-4 overall and 2-3 in the Catholic High School League Central Division.

St. Mary’s started the year with eight wins in nine games and never looked back. Covert shrugged off a stretch of three losses in four games leading up to press time.

“Nobody in our division has won on the road yet,” he said. “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen our division this competitive and balanced from top to bottom.”

Still, the Eaglets expect to have a say in who finishes on top and who is seeded where when the league playoffs begin Feb. 17.

“The seniors have to continue to lead,” said senior Caden Prieskorn. “It’s about taking things one game at a time to get ready for the playoffs and what we want to do.”

It’s gotten the Eaglets this far. So, too, has some young talent mixed with veteran leadership.

Sophomore Lorne Bowman is developing into a player to watch for years to come, leading St. Mary’s in scoring with 25 points per game.

“Fast, fast, fast,” Covert said with a laugh about his sophomore guard. “He’s a big-time player.”

“He’s a scorer. He just flat-out scores it,” Prieskorn said. “He’s a guy who can hit the mid-range, hit the 3 and go to the basket.”

Prieskorn has also been key, averaging 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists per game.

“One of the main things is the way we’ve played together,” the senior said when asked to assess the season so far. “The seniors have taken some leadership roles. We play together; we play well as a team. Truthfully, we should probably have a few more wins by now.”

The Eaglets find themselves in the Class A district at West Bloomfield High. They received a bye to start the tournament and will face West Bloomfield or Bloomfield Hills High at 7 p.m. March 7 in a district semifinal.

“Consistency is the main thing for us from here on out,” Covert said. “The season is a long grind, and we feel like we’re ready. Like I said, the schedule we’ve played has gotten us ready.”

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