Roseville High girls basketball season ends in districts

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 6, 2020

 Roseville High’s Olivia Vanderham drives by a Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse defender March 4. The Panthers fell 46-15.

Roseville High’s Olivia Vanderham drives by a Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse defender March 4. The Panthers fell 46-15.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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ROSEVILLE –– In basketball, there are going to be certain nights when shots just aren’t falling.

Playing in a Division 1 district semifinal March 4 at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore, it was just one of those nights for Roseville High. The Panthers fell 46-15 to Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse.

Trinity Brown led the squad with 6 points and seven rebounds. Kree Reynolds also chipped in 4 points.

The Panthers ended the year at 7-14 overall.

“We couldn’t get into our offense; we were dribbling too much; we couldn’t get into our sets like we wanted to,” Panthers coach Andy Houghton said. “We came out strong defensively in the first half, really, but we just couldn’t get going on offense. We couldn’t get the good defense to turn that into offense. We struggled tonight.”

Despite the record, Roseville took steps forward throughout the course of the year. Houghton said his team played better than the record indicated.

After opening the year with eight straight losses, the Panthers righted the ship, collecting six wins in their final nine games. All six of those wins came by double digits.

The goal is to now continue building on that late-season success in an attempt to get back on top of the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division. The Panthers won the league title last season.

“We started playing with more confidence. We switched up our defense. We went back to a defense we haven’t run in years, and it seemed to stick with this group,” Houghton said. “Defensively, we picked it up towards the end, and I think that’s what the difference was down the stretch. So we’re going to try to take that into the offseason and summer leagues, and then come back next fall.”

One positive for the Panthers heading into next season is that the roster won’t look much different. With just three seniors leaving the program, a lot of top production will be returning.

With another year of development, players such as Grace Magee, Olivia Vanderham and Robyn Matthews will hope to play a big role in helping Roseville get back to where it wants to be.

“We really want a district. We haven’t won a district since, like, ’93,” Houghton said. “I took the girls down to the trophy showcase hallway and I said, ‘That’s the last time they won one. Who was alive in 1993?’ There weren’t a lot of hands going up. We want to do bigger and better things, and we just got to have a strong offseason.”

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