Bloomfield Hills High senior Maryam Hashim sizes up an opposing player in a recent home game. Hashim is one of two seniors on the Black Hawks roster this season.

Bloomfield Hills High senior Maryam Hashim sizes up an opposing player in a recent home game. Hashim is one of two seniors on the Black Hawks roster this season.

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Bloomfield Hills girls hoops searching for consistency

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 8, 2019


BLOOMFIELD HILLS — For Bloomfield Hills High girls basketball coach Jeff Rubin, consistency is key for his team’s success this season.

The Black Hawks, who at press time were 3-2, have just four healthy returning varsity players. That includes seniors Maryam Hashim and Grace Getz, along with juniors Jordan Banks and Angelina Savaya.

With a finite number of experienced players, younger players have had to take on bigger roles, which can create bigger mountains to climb.

“I think where the youth hurts us is the consistency,” Rubin said. “We have four or five girls we could bring off the bench right now, but being so young we don’t know what we’re going to get with them. You might get a really nice effort out of one or two of them one game, but then the next game it could be two of the other girls who step up.”

Rubin said the team could play nine or 10 girls a night, but he’s unsure if all nine or 10 currently are ready to compete on a night-in, night-out basis.

Hashim and Getz have been carrying the workload for the Black Hawks. Rubin called them fantastic leaders. A lot of what they do is not seen by many, Rubin said.

“Both of them have been fantastic in taking various players under their wing,” he said. “A lot of that is off-the-court stuff, making sure they have rides or talking to them about things they see in practice.”

Game days are when Rubin wants the mentality to change. He wants his seniors to not think of the underclassmen as players they are trying to mentor. Instead, they are teammates who need to do something a certain way to help the team win. Getz and Hashim are searching for that balance.

Regardless of where that balance lies, Rubin said he is happy with where his less experienced players are currently at.

“I’m very pleased with our younger kids and how they’re developing,” he said. “They’ve been doing a very good job as far as what we have expected from them so far.”

One other place where Rubin wants his four returning players to focus is not putting too much pressure on themselves. The coach believes that sometimes the players put a burden on themselves to carry the team and play a certain way, but then when things don’t go their way they take a step backward.

“When they rise to the challenge and play well, we are in a better position to win,” Rubin said. “When they get frustrated and let outside frustrations affect their play, then we struggle.”

Despite the up-and-down season thus far, the year is still young and the team still has plenty of growing to do. But that doesn’t mean the Black Hawks don’t have goals.

Given the tough competition in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division this year, Rubin doesn’t want to put the pressure of winning a league title on his girls. Instead, he’s focused on a bigger picture.

“The one long-term goal we have is to make sure we’re playing our best basketball in February,” he said, referencing the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs. “We don’t want to peak now. We want to constantly be able to say we’re improving.”

Bloomfield Hills next takes the court for a matchup with Royal Oak High, set for 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Royal Oak.