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Royal Oak — Cheyenne McEvans was the catalyst during a pivotal 15-0 run to end the first half to help No. 2 Southfield A&T take command and go on to hand Royal Oak its first loss with a 60-47 victory Tuesday night in the OAA Red division showdown.

McEvans, a 5-foot-10 junior guard who has several offers, including Marquette and Butler, finished with 23 points and 22 rebounds for Southfield A&T (13-1, 6-0). Senior forward Alexis Johnson (Marshall) finished with 18 points and senior guard Soleil Barnes (Toledo) had 10 points.

Royal Oak (12-1, 5-1) pulled even at 16 on Nila Coney’s 3-pointer off the window with 5:10 left in the half.

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Then, McEvans scored off a putback, and made two free throws on A&T’s next possession to open up a 20-16 lead before Royal Oak’s Sarah Soraghan connected on another 3-pointer off the glass to cut the deficit to 20-19 with four minutes left.

But Royal Oak was dealt a severe blow when 5-11 senior forward Jessica Adams was whistled for her third foul and sent to the bench.

And, A&T took advantage, using its quickness to force multiple turnovers with its trap and then turning them into points at the other end which resulted in the 15-0 run.

McEvans caused multiple turnovers and both Johnson (seven points) and Barnes (eight) were rewarded at the other end with Barnes making a pair of 3-pointers to help A&T take a 35-19 halftime lead.

“We just had to keep playing hard, knew we had to keep the intensity up,” said McEvans of the run. “They were getting frustrated so we felt if we trapped them they were going to turn it over so we just did a good job of executing.”

And, on Barnes’ shooting, McEvans replied: “She’s a great shooter. She always comes through for us. We know when she’s hot that she’s going to keep knocking them down so we do our penetrating and kick it off to her.”

A&T led by as many as 19 (44-25) during the second half and Royal Oak could get no closer than 11 the rest of the way.

McEvans put the exclamation point on the victory when two Royal Oak guards tried to trap hear near midcourt and McEvans split them and scored off a layup and was fouled, making the free throw for a 58-40 cushion with 1:34 left.

Soraghan scored 13 for Royal Oak, which also received nine points from Coney and nine from 6-1 senior guard Samantha Potter who fouled out with 2:33 left and A&T leading 53-38.

Still, it was the rebounding that stood out for McEvans.

“I take pride in my rebounding,” McEvans. “I know I can jump pretty high so I just have to go get it for my team.

“This game meant a lot to us. Some people thought we wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure, so we just had to prove it to ourselves and to other people that we belong here. We belong at the top.”

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Detroit News staff contributed

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