SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Christian girls basketball team gathered at the center of their home floor before practice Dec. 16.
The coaches gave a short talk before the group ended the meeting with a shout of, ‘We believe, we believe.’
The Eagles are believing that they have the potential to have a special season.
With four returning starters on the squad, first-year head coach Tiffany Parker loves what she sees.
“So far, it’s been a great experience, just being around these girls. These girls are such a beautiful group,” Parker said. “They’re strong, focused and believe in each other. There’s a sisterhood in this team.”
Parker has experience with the Eagles; she has been an assistant under former coach Seena Allen the past three years and also graduated from the school in 2008.
At press time, she had led the team to a 3-1 overall mark.
Parker said taking a seat as the head coach in their first game was a gratifying moment.
“I was definitely looking up saying, ‘Where’s my Seena? Where’s my coach Allen?’” Parker said with a laugh. “She’s been such a help. She brought me back to the program and really encouraged me that I could do this. I’m excited where it’s going. For me, the first game really wasn’t about nerves; it was about gratitude.”
The Eagles play in the Michigan Athletic Conference Blue Division and hadn’t played a divisional game.
Parker said she wants a defensive-minded team that uses a lot of pressure on both sides of the court.
“For me, it’s the best of both worlds because I have a bunch of guards and solid post players. I can do a little bit of anything I want. A lot of coaches don’t have that luxury,” she said.
To see what it takes to become a state power, the team doesn’t have to look far. The boys program has won two straight Class D state titles. Parker feels that its success can help and inspire her program.
“I think it strengthens the program. For me, the boys program has kind of been the brother to the sister,” Parker said. “I’m really proud of them and the way coach (Josh) Baker has transformed that program, and it’s kind of carried on to ours.”
Senior Charity Godbold, in her fourth year on varsity, leads the team and is averaging 25 points per game. She believes the girls could make a state title run of their own.
“I think it’s possible. Looking at the talent in (Class D), we can level up with any of them. We want to win our district, regional and play at the Breslin,” she said.
Parker said the sky is the limit.
“I know when they believe in themselves and fight for it with a desire to win, they can do anything,” she said.
Catch the Eagles against Warren Michigan Collegiate at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at home.