Roseville High coach Andy Houghton talks with his team during a timeout against Madison Heights Lamphere Jan. 7. The Panthers lost 34-28.

Roseville High coach Andy Houghton talks with his team during a timeout against Madison Heights Lamphere Jan. 7. The Panthers lost 34-28.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Roseville High girls basketball looking to hit its stride

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 10, 2020

  Roseville High’s Kree Reynolds goes up for a shot against Madison Heights Lamphere Jan. 7. At press time, the Panthers were 0-6 overall.

Roseville High’s Kree Reynolds goes up for a shot against Madison Heights Lamphere Jan. 7. At press time, the Panthers were 0-6 overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ROSEVILLE –– As the head man of the Roseville High girls basketball program, Andy Houghton has seen the highs and lows a season can bring.

Last year was filled with a bunch of highs, which included a Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title and MAC Silver/Bronze Tournament championship.

This year has started on the opposite end of the spectrum, with the Panthers sitting at 0-6 overall and 0-2 in MAC Silver play at press time.

But despite the record, the Panthers’ confidence hasn’t wavered, and they believe they are close to hitting their stride. And with league play just getting started, their goals are still within reach.

“There’s still a lot of season left. We still have our goals. Our goal every year is to win our division, and that’s not out of the question,” Houghton said. “We tell them that this league is going to be decided by good defense and teams are going to have a couple of losses, so we’re still in it.”

One of the biggest challenges thus far has been finding new leaders to emerge and step up. Last year, the Panthers had DeBraya Edwards, who Houghton said was around a 20-point-per-game scorer and an incredible leader.

With a younger team this season, it’s taken some time for those leaders to stand out, but they are finally starting to show themselves.

Olivia Vanderham, Grace Magee, Kree Reynolds and Robyn Matthews are a handful of those leaders that have stepped up and started to take over those top roles.

Through the tough start, the emerging leaders have kept everyone focused and motivated to get that first win on the board.

“We stick with each other. We don’t give up on each other. Even when times are hard, we’re still together,” Reynolds said.

To get the season turned around and back in the hunt in the division, the Panthers are going to be relying on defense. Last season, Roseville was one of the top defensive teams in the MAC in terms of points allowed per game.

This season, the Panthers have allowed an average of 42 points per game, which ranks fourth in the division.

Once the defensive intensity kicks in and more shots start to fall, Roseville is confident the wins will start to come.

“In my opinion, defense is what wins games, and we need to pick it up on defense and make sure we set the average for other team’s scoring lower,” Vanderham said.

The Panthers will hit the court again at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at home against Warren Woods Tower.

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