Farmington High girls hoops playing with energy, effort

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published January 8, 2019

 Farmington High senior Iasia Rimson goes up for a shot Jan. 4 against Oxford High. The Falcons lost 46-29.

Farmington High senior Iasia Rimson goes up for a shot Jan. 4 against Oxford High. The Falcons lost 46-29.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Farmington High sophomore Kellie Flynn takes a jump shot in a game against Oxford High Jan. 4. At press time, the Falcons were 1-4 overall.

Farmington High sophomore Kellie Flynn takes a jump shot in a game against Oxford High Jan. 4. At press time, the Falcons were 1-4 overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

FARMINGTON — Farmington High girls basketball coach Laura Guzman is looking to create a new culture and bring some continuity to the program.

Guzman is the Falcons’ fourth coach in the last six years. She’s focused on showing up every day and teaching her team the game of basketball.

The second-year coach described the coaching staff as “loud and energetic.” Guzman said the reason for this upbeat coaching style is because the staff has a love for the game.

A few players have already started seeing the benefit of having an energetic coach. Senior Faith Swanson likes the culture the coaching staff has created.

“So much has changed because of her,” Swanson said of Guzman. “She brought in an energy and a mentality that I don’t think this program has seen in a really long time. I think the reason that we play so hard and have so much energy is definitely because of (our coaches).”

The Falcons lost six seniors from last year’s team, and that has led to some growing pains early on this year. At press time, Farmington had a 1-4 overall record and a 0-1 Oakland Activities Association White Division mark. Despite getting off to a slow start, Guzman is confident in her group’s ability to bounce back.

For her team to turn things around, Guzman believes everyone needs to step up and make an impact. Guzman doesn’t want to rely on one player scoring 20 points per game. She prefers a balanced box score with contributions from a variety of players.

Guzman said the strengths of her team are overall chemistry and team defense. However, she’d like to see her group gain more confidence offensively and see a few more players step up.

The Falcons have four captains: Swanson and fellow seniors Iasia Rimson, Cecilia Norris and Dorian Payne. As captains, their main focus is helping the inexperienced players get adjusted to the varsity level and making everybody better.

“I’ve been more of a verbal leader and hopefully pointing out things that maybe the younger kids don’t know, because they haven’t had as much varsity experience. And just being a person that the younger kids can come to to ask a question if they need it,” Norris said.

For Guzman, the main focus is just making sure the players get better and that they want to come back. She’s excited about the future of the program and the foundation that has been built.

Going forward, the goal is to keep competing for league titles and chase a district title. The Falcons haven’t won a district title in more than 15 years, and being able to get back to that would be special for the team and the program.

“To bring a district title would be huge, because I honestly don’t know when the last time that was here,” Guzman said. “I think any type of winning, any type of winning season, is a huge success for Farmington.”

The Falcons’ next game is at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 against West Bloomfield High at home.