Roseville High girls basketball looking to win MAC Silver

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published December 5, 2018

 Roseville High senior DeBraya Edwards works on her shot during a recent practice. Edwards averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and four steals per game last season.

Roseville High senior DeBraya Edwards works on her shot during a recent practice. Edwards averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and four steals per game last season.

Photo by Sean Work

 Roseville High junior Mycah Goodwin practices dribbling during a recent practice. The Panthers finished last season with a 7-14 overall record.

Roseville High junior Mycah Goodwin practices dribbling during a recent practice. The Panthers finished last season with a 7-14 overall record.

Photo by Sean Work

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville High girls basketball team isn’t getting ahead of itself.

The Panthers aren’t looking ahead to the Macomb Area Conference tournament or districts. Instead, they are focusing on their main goal, which is winning the MAC Silver Division.

After winning the Silver Division in 2016-17, the Panthers dropped to 7-14 overall and 3-7 in the division last year.

Roseville coach Andy Houghton noted that his team was a little inexperienced last season, but added that his senior class was able to see the team’s division title in 2016-17, so they know what it takes to get to that level.

“They’ve seen the highs and they’ve seen the lows, so they’ve been able to talk to the other kids about what to expect and what can happen if you work hard,” Houghton said.

One of those senior leaders that has stepped up to help the underclassmen is DeBraya Edwards. Last season, Edwards averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and four steals per game.

Houghton is expecting big things out of Edwards this season, and she has embraced that leadership role. As the season gets going, Edwards’ goal as a leader is to make sure she is communicating with her teammates so they know the expectations.

“My expectations are for this team to work hard and play as if it’s our last game, not take any team lightly and put everything on the court,” she said.

Houghton is also expecting big things out of junior point guard Mycah Goodwin and sophomore bigs Gracie Magee and Olivia Morris. Goodwin is a returning starter, while Magee and Morris have worked hard in the offseason to earn important roles.

As point guard, Goodwin knows she has to control the floor and make sure everyone is on the same page. She added that having good chemistry has helped the team’s communication and trust.

“I think that the chemistry is needed, and communication for that matter, because if I don’t communicate with them, things can fall off,” Goodwin said. “I think communication’s a big deal, before you get on the court and when you’re on the court, in order to keep things in order and on track.”

As the season gets underway, Houghton wanted to make sure his team was tested. Three of the Panthers’ first four games are against MAC teams in higher divisions.

To ensure they are competitive against tougher teams, the Panthers have been focusing on defense. Houghton believes solid defense is something that can lead the Panthers to a MAC Silver title.

He added that his team watched a lot of film during the offseason to get better on that end of the court.

“If you look around the county, the teams that are playing the best defense are the teams that are winning. It’s that simple. So, we’ve put a lot of emphasis on defense so far,” Houghton said.

The Panthers’ next game is at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at home against Eastpointe High.