On Friday, February 7th, 2020 the Lady Roughriders made their return to Bloomfield Hills, where they would defend home court on Madina Garvin’s senior night versus a tough Parkway Christian girls basketball team.
To start the game, Head Coach Andrea Collins decided to honor her lone senior Madina Garvin by starting her on the evening.
Garvin who has been battling flu like symptoms all week played a good game of basketball on Friday night after missing the majority of the practice week.
The game plan for the Lady Roughriders was a simple one that was well-executed. Do not let Shea have a field day in the paint like she did in the two teams previous matchup.
In a lopsided victory where the teams previously met, Shea was an absolute matchup nightmare, getting just about anything she wanted in the paint, and anything she wanted on the glass for a rebound.
The Lady Roughriders collectively came together and made it a physical nightmare for Shea. Shea finished with 13 points on the evening, but guaranteed it was 13 of the hardest points that she had to work for on Friday evening.
As for the Lady Roughriders, I believe this game to be the turning point in the season and for the future going forward.
Toughness, the will to compete, accountability, maturity, development. All of these attributes were on display on Friday evening from the Lady Roughriders.
Collectively, the Lady Roughriders were the tougher team. While it is not a coach’s dream to see their players get offensive fouls, it is improvement to see players like freshman guard Irena Thomas get physical with the dribble on offense, while being aggressive on the defensive end.
The Lady Roughriders played with the will to compete, even while trailing early on in the first half. Even while losing, sophomore guard Flawless Gregory would not take no for an answer on her drives to the basket, or when playing the passing lanes on the defensive end of the basketball court. Gregory would ignite a 4-0 run of her own by playing through contact in the passing lanes, and making layups. Sophomore guard Scarlett Shaya would add to the run with a made floater of her own.
Freshman guard Ava Thomas who has been struggling recently would find that smooth shooting stroke that the Lady Roughriders have grown accustomed to seeing. Knocking down some three point baskets while the Lady Roughriders were making a comeback towards the end of the game.
The Lady Roughriders matured right before our own eyes. They scratched and clawed and battled all night long. While there were certainly some defensive woes, and offensive droughts, they played hard and competed for a full 32-minutes.
More importantly than anything else, the Lady Roughriders showed signs of belief which is a testament to their hard work and dedication in the gym.
While the Lady Roughriders would go on to lose 35-21, their development has truly been a beauty to witness and be a part of.
Multiple parents after the game were quoted saying that this is “the best game” that they have witnessed us play all season long. The girls “looked motivated, energetic, and excited to compete.” Stay tuned for what the future holds.
The Lady Roughriders will be in competition again on Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM versus Charyl Stockwell Prepatory. Roeper previously defeated Charyl Stockwell earlier in the year.