Lathrup takes home ninth consecutive district title; will face Marian in regional semifinal
Published February 28, 2014
LATHRUP VILLAGE — Tradition is tough to break, and Friday night, the Southfield-Lathrup girls basketball team upheld every bit of its district dominance over the past decade.
With a 62-28 victory against Oak Park High at home, the Chargers claimed their ninth straight district title, and 12th in the past 13 years.
“It was an enjoyable night,” coach Michele Marshall said after the Class A game. “My hat’s off to my kids. It can be tough when you are the team that’s supposed to win, but they came out ready to go tonight. They put forth a great effort all night long.”
Lathrup led 18-5 after the first quarter and never looked back.
“We set the tone,” Marshall said. “That’s big in a game like this. In the playoffs, anything can happen. So when you can come out and start the way we did, it’s a big advantage.”
Deja Church certainly isn’t showing her age in the playoffs.
The freshman guard scored 24 points, had eight steals and five assists in her first district final.
Lathrup (17-6) is now set to take on Birmingham Marian (20-2) in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. March 4 at Lake Orion High.
“Marian is Marian. They are going to be talented, well coached and play hard,” Marshall said. “We’ve seen them a little bit, and we’re going to put together a game plan and be ready to go.”
Much of the game plan will center on what’s worked all season.
“We don’t have any trick up our sleeves,” Marshall said with a laugh. “We’re going to do what we do. We’re going to get up and down the court, play uptempo and let the rest take care of itself.”
Marian beat North Farmington 59-35 at home Friday night.