ROCHESTER HILLS — There’s been close calls, decisive finishes and just about everything in between.
But the one constant for the Rochester Adams girls basketball team has been the results.
All 12 of them.
“This is a team that has a lot of chemistry, a lot of experience, and I think it all starts there,” coach Fran Scislowicz said earlier this week. “We have 14 student-athletes who are the complete package. It’s a great group to be a part of.”
The winning hasn’t hurt, either.
Adams was 12-0 entering a Jan. 30 game against Bloomfield Hills High.
Eight of those wins have come in the Oakland Activities Association White Division, a feat that has the Highlanders alone in first place.
The chemistry and experience are impossible to miss, according to the long-time coach. He kept 14 girls on the varsity roster, more than ever before, and it’s paid off 12 times over.
“They really push each other,” Scislowicz explained. “Practices are awesome because we have so many people taking part and competing.”
They also have girls who’ve seen just about everything the varsity level has to offer.
Jenny Rosonke is in her fourth year as a varsity player, while juniors Raiven Owusu and Amber Jamison are both in their third year.
“The leadership is awesome because this is a team that’s figured out how to win,” Scislowicz said.
The 12-0 start is the best for the program since Scislowicz’s 2001 team started the year 15-0, eventually finishing 22-2 and in the state quarterfinals.
On two other occasions, in 1991 and 1992, he coached his Highlanders to perfect 20-0 marks but said this team isn’t close enough to that to really start thinking about it.
“When you get to 15 or so, then maybe it becomes a goal,” Scislowicz said. “But there are too many pitfalls if you focus on winning 20 games. You have to take things one at a time.”
Especially now, with the second round of play in the White taking part.
“We’ve won some close games, some in overtime or by just a couple points,” Scislowicz explained. “That’s going to give these teams we’re going to face again some motivation — some confidence to say, ‘One play here or there and we beat them.’ We certainly have to be ready.”
Half the team’s wins have come by six points or fewer, but the common thread seems to be the defense.
Scislowicz admitted the offense is still a work in progress, but the Highlanders are allowing just 33.4 points per game.
“We rebound well. We’ve been able to get our share of steals, and we make it tough for teams to score on us,” Scislowicz said. “We can be a tough team to play against.
“We like what we’ve done so far, but winning the league and winning the district remain our main goals,” Scislowicz said. “There are teams right behind us (in the standings), so we know the challenges out there. At the same time, the type of team we have and their style of play is one that you need to have in the postseason.”