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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lathrup adds some more heavy artillery for 2012-2013 season

By: Scott Burnstein, November 6, 2012, 10:00 am

LATHRUP VILLAGE – There will be some new faces on the Southfield-Lathrup girls basketball team this winter.

As practice got underway across the state on Monday, the Chargers welcomed into the fold three high-profile transfers from within their own conference.

The most-heralded of the trio of transfers is Sydni Davis, a lethal backcourt threat who comes over from West Bloomfield, after earning all-conference honors the past three seasons and guiding the Lakers to a Class A district championship last March.

Averaging 19 points, five assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals a night as a junior last year, Davis recently committed to Stetson University, a Division I college down in Florida.

Joining Davis in her new Chargers digs will also be Sabria Cotton and Asia King. Cotton is a dangerous presence on the perimeter and a Division I recruit who played at Troy the past few seasons. Only a junior, King is an athletic post player that has handles and is being looked at by recruiters at the next level, too.

“I’ve coached against all three of these young ladies, so I know how fortunate I am to have them on my team this year,” said Lathrup head coach Michelle Marshall Monday. “They are all very talented and I’m sure they will help us quite a bit.”

Marshall runs one of the best girls hoop programs in Metro Detroit. She took the Chargers to a state title in 2005.

Lathrup has won back-to-back district crowns entering the 2013 campaign.

The Chargers’ trifecta of imports will join a stellar group of returners for Marshall, led by Cristina Green and Mikayla Avery. Green is committed to Wayne State.

With the start of the season still a month away, Marshall’s newly-renovated ball club is already the runaway favorite to raise an Oakland Activities Association Red Division championship banner by winter’s end.

The OAA Red is generally regarded as one of the toughest girls basketball conferences in the entire state.