Troy girls basketball team plans on being a contender in OAA Red

By: Mike Moore | Troy Times | Published January 11, 2012

 Sophomore Sydney Heath goes up for a shot over a pair of North Farmington defenders during a 43-33 win Jan. 5. At press time, Troy was 6-1 overall and in second place in the OAA Red.

Sophomore Sydney Heath goes up for a shot over a pair of North Farmington defenders during a 43-33 win Jan. 5. At press time, Troy was 6-1 overall and in second place in the OAA Red.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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TROY — It’s a challenge that he and his team will face almost every night of league play, one he’s grown accustomed to in his less than two years on the Troy High bench.

It is one, in fact, he’s taken a certain appreciation to.

Tucked back in a side locker room roughly 90 minutes before his Colts were set to take on North Farmington Jan. 5 in another Oakland Activities Association Red Division battle, Dennis Koch spoke of the balance within the division, how he viewed it as one of the best in the state, and most of all, how he felt like his girls have as good a chance as anyone to take home its crown at season’s end.

“There’s no off days, and we know that,” he said with a smile. “It’s weird, but it’s good. You have to be ready to go at all times, and even then, you could win or loose any night.”

So far, things have gone relatively well for the Colts, who later that night beat North Farmington 43-33 to improve to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the Red, behind only Clarkston High (7-0, 3-0) for first place.

“Every quarter of every game has to be top-notch,” Koch added. “If you can’t play that way, you could be in trouble.”

Admittedly, his Colts didn’t play that way against the Raiders, at least on the offensive side of things.

Yet, in a game where neither team was able to generate much of anything, Koch watched as his defense locked in on North Farmington, allowing only 18 first-half points while scoring just enough to earn the third straight win and six in seven games.

“When you start with what I think is one of best starting lineups around, and then you get contributions from other players, it makes for a good game,” Koch said. “We’ve been consistent, and that’s key.”

That will have to continue moving forward, as well.

While technically in second place, Troy’s 2-1 record is matched by two other teams, and the bottom half of the division was less than two games back.

“It’s fun,” senior Katy McCuish said. “You never really know who’s going to win when you look around the league.”

The Colts are certainly going to be tested in the very immediate future, as they play three of their next four games on the road, including a Jan. 16 date at Clarkston and a non-league contest Jan. 31 at Troy Athens.

“Consistency is the key,” senior Karin Moss said. “We’ve got the confidence and the chemistry; it’s just a matter of being able to play the way we can from one night to the next.”

Asked about a possible division title, Koch wasn’t afraid to admit that was a main goal for right now. He also spoke of winning a district and contending for a regional.

“We want to make this one of the best programs in the state,” he boasted. “The expectations are high, certainly, but this is still work in progress. We’re heading in the right direction, but we know there’s room to build.”

 

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