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South Lake girls hoops coach likes team’s competitiveness

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published January 28, 2020

 St. Clair Shores South Lake’s Myia Rogan, right, looks to ward off Lakeview’s Kayla Austin in a matchup earlier this season. The Cavaliers have an offense that ranks top 10 in the Macomb Area Conference.

St. Clair Shores South Lake’s Myia Rogan, right, looks to ward off Lakeview’s Kayla Austin in a matchup earlier this season. The Cavaliers have an offense that ranks top 10 in the Macomb Area Conference.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

 Coach Wilbur Jones gives out instructions during a matchup earlier this season.

Coach Wilbur Jones gives out instructions during a matchup earlier this season.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores South Lake girls basketball team got over a big hurdle Jan. 21.

The 50-22 win over Warren Woods Tower marked the first win for the Cavaliers away from home.

Being competitive in hostile environments will be key for the Cavs the rest of the way, according to coach Wilbur Jones.

“That was a big win for us. Going into the game we knew we needed to start winning on the road,” said Jones, whose team sat at 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division at press time.

“We knew we couldn’t look past that game,” he continued. “The girls were focused and it showed. You have to be able to win away from home if you want to put yourself in position to have a good season.”

Jones believes his team has played well for the first half of the season, especially considering various players have missed time during the year. He said the team is very competitive when it has its full compliment of players.

Leading the way for the Cavs are seniors Crystal Horn and Myia Rogan. Horn is a solid all-around player, Jones said. Rogan excels at running the floor and finishing fast breaks.

Jones wants his team to push the ball up the floor and get out in transition. The attack thus far has the Cavs putting up 46.2 points per game — good for 10th out of 36 teams in the MAC.

“We have pretty quick players who do a good job of taking their defenders off the dribble,” Jones said. “We’ve been patient with our shooting. The shooting hasn’t been that great, but we’re working on it.”

Jones hopes the offensive attack — and an emphasis on improving defensively — keeps the team in the MAC for the MAC Silver title. At press time, South Lake sat at second in the league, two games behind 6-0 Clawson High.

South Lake’s last division title came in 2016. The team finished fourth in the MAC Silver last season.

“I feel good about (our team),” Jones said. “I like our schedule. We’ll be in a lot of competitive games the rest of the way. The girls are focused.”

South Lake’s next game is against Roseville High at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 on the road.

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