The Roosevelt girls basketball team finished a 14-game regular season with a 7-7 record after falling in a close game 54-49 to Downriver league foe Lincoln Park on March 17.
“It was a good game,” said Roosevelt Coach Jerry Makuch. “We played hard and it was a one-point game with a minute to play.”
The Bears found themselves down by 10 points in the first half and by 10 again in the second and they battled back each time.
After being behind 10 in the second quarter, Wyandotte got back to within 31-29 at halftime. And after falling behind by 10 in the second half, the Bears got it to 50-49 before the Railsplitters put it away.
“It’s hard to play like that,” said Makuch. “It takes a lot of energy to play from behind.”
As usual, Lincoln Park was led by Karrington Gordon, who had 35 points. She had 30 when Lincoln Park beat Wyandotte earlier this season.
“She is a special talent,” said Makuch. “She’s tall and has long arms and she gets a hand on so many passes. We did everything possible against her defensively, but she is such a good player.”
Gordon sealed the game against Wyandotte when she stole the ball, drove the length of the court and was fouled while making a lay-up. She hit the free throw and Lincoln Park had the breathing room it needed for the victory.
Elle Gonzalez had a big game for Roosevelt with 16 points and nine rebounds.
“She had the game of her career,” said Makuch. “The post was open, we got the ball to her and she missed very few shots.”
Hannah Exner added 10 points for the Bears and Nae Atwater-Boyd and Alaynia Jacobs each had eight.
For the season, Roosevelt defeated Allen Park (twice), Southgate (twice), Edsel Ford (twice) and Carlson. The Bears lost to league champ Trenton (twice), Lincoln Park (twice), Taylor (twice) and Carlson. Roosevelt’s game with Woodhaven was cancelled.
Makuch said he will not be sorry to see the 2021 season go.
“There was no flow to the season,” he said. “It started late, there were fewer games and you were always worried about what was next.”
He said his girls also missed out on all the off-the-court things that go along with being on a team.
“There are usually team dinners and the kids go bowling or to McDonald’s for a burger and a soft drink. This year they had none of that,” he said. “Heck, we didn’t even get to go to games on a bus together until the last game.”
The MHSAA state tournament is next for the Bears who play undefeated league champ Trenton for the third time on March 24.