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 West Bloomfield High’s Logan Lewis plays defense against Southfield A&T Jan. 6. The Lakers won 71-63.

West Bloomfield High’s Logan Lewis plays defense against Southfield A&T Jan. 6. The Lakers won 71-63.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


West Bloomfield High girls hoops off to strong start

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 9, 2020

 West Bloomfield High’s Niah Thurman goes up for a shot against Southfield A&T Jan. 6. At press time, the Lakers were 6-1 overall.

West Bloomfield High’s Niah Thurman goes up for a shot against Southfield A&T Jan. 6. At press time, the Lakers were 6-1 overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Since taking over the West Bloomfield High girls basketball program prior to the 2017-18 season, Bert Mosley has been working to make the Lakers a consistent competitor.

He took over a program that was fresh off a 5-15 campaign, and in his first year, the Lakers took their bumps en route to a 7-14 mark.

Last season was a turning point for the program, however. West Bloomfield ran through the Oakland Activities Association White Division, dropping just one game in conference play, before eventually claiming a Division 1 district title.

Its run ended in regionals with a loss to Hartland High, but the Lakers collected 20 wins and had something to build off of with a strong core returning.

West Bloomfield is now in the OAA Red Division and was sitting at 6-1 overall at press time. Its latest game was a 71-63 victory over last year’s D-1 state runner-up, Southfield A&T.

Now, after multiple years of trying to find their footing, the Lakers are hoping this is their time for a state title run.

“I feel like last year we really laid the foundation of what West Bloomfield basketball will be like for years to come,” Mosley said.

They will have no shortage of tests before the playoffs get underway, as the OAA Red provides the Lakers with stiff competition on a nightly basis.

Mosley doesn’t mind, however, viewing the tough games as preparation and an opportunity to grow and get better.

“I see it really being helpful for us,” Mosley said. “When you get to playoff time, teams are very disciplined and that’s the best of the best. It’s a good thing to be able to be in a conference that kind of features the top end of the best of the best.”

Even with the strong start, Mosley knows there is still work to be done in such a long season.

Depth and speed have been strong points for the Lakers thus far, but continuing to build chemistry on the court is something they want to work on.

“We’re so deep. It’s kind of crazy,” Mosley said. “Any given night, somebody can step out and have a big game.”

The Lakers will hit the court again at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Royal Oak High.

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