GREENBELT – On Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the absence of their head coach Delton Fuller, the Eleanor Roosevelt girls’ basketball team pulled through in a close match against Parkdale and won, 48-41. Roosevelt had motivation for this win, as Fuller was recently suspended indefinitely for having a workout with his team during the snow break, […]
GREENBELT – On Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the absence of their head coach Delton Fuller, the Eleanor Roosevelt girls’ basketball team pulled through in a close match against Parkdale and won, 48-41.
Roosevelt had motivation for this win, as Fuller was recently suspended indefinitely for having a workout with his team during the snow break, as well as attending a tournament in New York. Players did not respond with frustration and mourning, but rather vigor and enthusiasm.
“We’ve really got fired up and started playing more intense,” forward Makayla Adams said. “(The suspension) kind of gave us another mindset. Not only am I doing it for my team, I’m doing it for my coach.”
The game was close in the first half, as both teams struggled to keep a lead over each other. It was not until the end of the second quarter that Parkdale started to pull ahead, closing the half 25-20.
Roosevelt captain Octavia Wilson, who was a dangerous weapon all throughout the game, scoring 21 points, expressed her frustration in the team’s first half performance in four words: missed layups and turnovers.
“We have a turnover limit,” said Wilson, which is 15, further acknowledging that they went into the locker room too close to that limit with 13 turnovers.
Wilson explained how her team had also rushed too much at the beginning of the match, though their objective was to get Parkdale up and down the court because “they couldn’t run with them.”
However, Roosevelt came into the second half with a surge of momentum, tapping into abilities unseen in the first half. According to Wilson and Adams, the speech they were given at halftime was the key factor in their change of pace.
“At halftime coach told us the things we were doing wrong,” Wilson said.
“It really got us motivated to pull out the win,” Adams added.
Despite Roosevelt’s newfound confidence, they remained tense in the second half. Parkdale’s quickness never waned and neither did its ability to put up points in the paint. However, the Panthers’ point guard Briel Palmer, who scored 10 points in the first half, only scored one point in the second half.
The score never deviated more than a few points. That was up until the last two minutes when Parkdale had exceeded six fouls, putting the Raiders in the bonus. Roosevelt did not take it for granted, as it made 9-of-13 free throws in the second half.
“Yeah, I don’t miss a lot of free throws,” said Wilson, who knocked down six herself.
Parkdale’s head coach, Lawrence Watson, was not displeased with his team’s performance.
“We had a couple of blown assignments,” Watson said. However, overall he was impressed with their performance and gave it an “8 out of 10.”
Watson explained that he felt his team was understandably rusty given the snow and inability to practice.
“It knocked everybody two or three steps backwards, and we have to take five steps forward,” Watson said before stating he foresees success in this playoffs. “We’ll be in the regional championship and looking to move forward from there.”
This same confidence was met by Wilson.
“I plan on going to states if you ask me,” Wilson said.