The West Bloomfield High girls basketball team stands with the district trophy after winning 44-37 against Bloomfield Hills High March 8.

The West Bloomfield High girls basketball team stands with the district trophy after winning 44-37 against Bloomfield Hills High March 8.

Photo by Donna Agusti


West Bloomfield High girls basketball season ends in regionals

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published March 14, 2019

 West Bloomfield High’s Jada Grandy tries to get by her defender. With a loss in a Division 1 regional semifinal game, the Lakers ended the season at 20-3 overall.

West Bloomfield High’s Jada Grandy tries to get by her defender. With a loss in a Division 1 regional semifinal game, the Lakers ended the season at 20-3 overall.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Playoff basketball is a time when anything can happen.

Top-ranked teams can fall; struggling teams can make a run. Everyone has a shot to make some noise.

For the West Bloomfield High girls basketball team, its run came to a halt in a Division 1 regional semifinal game against Hartland High, where the Lakers lost 42-21.

“They still left it all out there on the floor. They still played their hardest, and I applaud them for that,” Lakers coach Bert Mosley said. “I’ve seen a lot of kids lay down in situations like that, and they didn’t lay down. They continued to fight. They were a little discouraged ’cause some things weren’t going their way, but one thing they didn’t stop doing was fighting all night, and I’m proud of them for that.”

Despite the loss, West Bloomfield was able to enjoy a successful year, ending its season with a 20-3 overall record. From Dec. 15 to Feb. 22, the Lakers ripped off 15 straight wins.

Mosley was proud of the way his girls played during the year and of the season his team was able to have. Along with hitting the 20-win mark, the Lakers were able to win the Oakland Activities Association White Division and a district title.

“I think we did a good job. We got a resilient group of ladies. They really grew up a lot over the season. We had a tough schedule, so a lot of the teams we played, we were well-tested,” Mosley said. “We grew a lot during the season. We got a lot better, individually and as a team. I think next year we’re going to be dangerous again.”

The Lakers will lose three seniors from this year’s team but will return key players, including Mya Bobo, Logan Lewis, Lola Chambers and Jade Goodloe, among others.

With the amount of talent Mosley has returning, he is excited for next season and knows his team has the potential to be special again. He said the goal every year is to win a state title.

“We have a lot of young talent in the program, so we’ll be here for a while. We just got to continue to fight and continue to grow, and I think we got the recipe to do that,” Mosley said.

The three seniors for the Lakers are Jada Grandy, Destiny Monroe and N’Josia Batiste. Mosley noted that the seniors made a huge mark on the program.

“They bought in from a leadership standpoint, from workouts to open gyms to conditioning. Anything that we were doing, they made sure they were there. They were pushing the girls, so they basically helped form a new culture in lady Laker basketball. I will forever be grateful for them,” Mosley said.

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