It’s been two years since Roseville girls basketball last won the Macomb Area Conference Silver division title, but with Thursday night’s 57-33 win at home over Madison Heights Lamphere, it’s one step closer to repeating that feat.
Roseville coach Andy Houghton has noticed a difference between this year’s team and last year’s. He has attributed some of the success to his team finally getting healthy but also to “strong senior leadership.”
One of those senior leaders is DeBraya Edwards, who led Roseville (10-3, 7-0 MAC Silver) with 23 points, 12 rebounds and five steals against Lamphere (5-7, 2-5).
“(Her season) has been outrageous,” Houghton said. “She’s been everywhere this year. We rely heavily upon her and she keeps everyone calm around her. She’s an all-around player in every sense of the word, and an all-around teammate.”
Edwards “outhustled everyone” on Thursday night, according to her coach, which led to Roseville extending its lead in the second half.
Jo’el Stump scored six of her 13 points in the fourth quarter and added five rebounds and four steals, earning the label of ‘difference-maker’ from Houghton.
Jasmine Ellis led Lamphere with 10 points.
Holding on to a two-game lead in the division with three conference games left could bring some pressure, but this team has remained focused on one goal all season.
“We’ve only talked about one goal so far and that’s to win the MAC Silver,” Houghton said. “If we accomplish that, our next goal will be to win the MAC Tournament.”
Roseville will get a shot to put the division title away on Tuesday at Warren Mott, which is currently second in the MAC Silver standings.
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Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer. Detroit News staff contributed.