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West Bloomfield High girls basketball eyeing titles

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published February 21, 2020

 West Bloomfield High’s Myonna Hooper brings the ball up the floor in a game earlier this season. At press time, the Lakers were 12-4 overall.

West Bloomfield High’s Myonna Hooper brings the ball up the floor in a game earlier this season. At press time, the Lakers were 12-4 overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Over the last couple of years, the West Bloomfield High girls basketball program has done nothing but put itself on the map.

Last season, the Lakers won the Oakland Activities Association White Division and a Division 1 district title before falling to Hartland High in regionals.

This year has been more of the same, with West Bloomfield sitting at 12-4 overall and 8-2 in the OAA Red at press time. The Lakers were tied atop the conference with Southfield A&T, last year’s league champion and D-1 state runner-up.

The Lakers were in control of their own destiny, needing just two more wins in the league to secure at least a share of the title.

Winning the league would cross off the first goal on a list full of expectations for this Lakers team.

“It definitely feels good to be in a position to make that dream become a reality,” West Bloomfield coach Bert Mosley said of a league title.

There has been no shortage of challenges in the OAA Red, with every team looking to knock the Lakers out of that top spot.

The Lakers’ two losses in league play came to Southfield A&T and Royal Oak High. Southfield A&T also controls its own destiny to share the title, and the Lakers had their shot at revenge against the Ravens in one of its final two games.

Mosley praised the league and knows his group will get everyone’s best shot each night.

“It’s definitely been a big step up. The teams are a lot more competitive; the teams are well coached. It’s all-around a tougher league from top to bottom,” Mosley said.

With goal No. 1 in view, the Lakers have their eyes set on even more success come postseason time. District pairings have been released and West Bloomfield now knows what it must do to check another goal off their list.

This is the first year of district seeding, which places the top two teams in each district on opposite sides of the bracket. However, that does not guarantee the top two teams a bye in the first round.

West Bloomfield will play host Bloomfield Hills High in the first round at 5 p.m. March 2.

Being a top team in the district and having to play in the first round doesn’t sit well with Mosley, but the Lakers had the same path last season. He’s confident in his group’s ability to make a nice postseason run.

“I think the No. 1 seed should receive a bye,” Mosley said. “We did it last year (winning three district games), so it shouldn’t be a problem. We’ll be ready for that grind.”

Catch the Lakers at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at home against Bloomfield Hills.

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