CANTON, MI (November 22, 2019) – Last year’s upset loss at the hands of Novi Christian in the first round of the MHSAA tournament has stuck with Junior Ariela Boboc. “We beat them twice during the season and we should have beaten them in the districts. We had a couple of injuries and we didn’t press as well as we could have. So, this season, we’re communicating better, and I think we’re ready to get another chance in the tourney”.
The PCA Girls Basketball season gets underway officially on December 3, when Grosse Pointe Liggett comes to the Butler Gymnasium. The team has been through try-outs and the first few days of practice has the girls ready to build on last year’s success and get a chance at post-season redemption.
Head Coach, Rod Windle is ready to go, “All of us are excited about this season. The coaching staff is working with the girls to make sure that they are improving every day and working hard. And that includes the classroom – we want to be successful in all phases. We want the girls to say at the end of the season that they did their best and we want them to expect great things from each other.”
Sophomore Anna Fernandez is optimistic, even though the team is relatively young, “We have a good chemistry. So far, we are playing well together, and our fundamentals are solid. We may be young, but the girls have all played before and most of us have team experience from the summer.”
“We’re excited about the season. We get to play bigger schools and get more experience playing them. We also play at Little Caesar’s Arena, that will be fun”, says Boboc. Fernandez agrees, “I’m glad to be playing top competition. That will help us when we get to our conference schedule.”
Senior Rachel Costello is ready for the season as well, “I’m excited – most of us have played together and the newer players played this summer. I think we are already starting to mesh, and we should be ready to go for the conference games.”
PCA’s schedule is ambitious to say the least. The Eagles will battle Division I opponents, Canton, Livonia Churchill and Livonia Franklin as well as two-time state champion, Adrian Lenawee Christian and divisional foes, Inter-City Baptist and Lutheran Northwest. PCA finished tied for second in the MIAC’s Blue Division, behind only Inter-City. Their 5-3 record in conference was their best since the 2013-2014 season, when they won seven games, and their 12 wins overall was the most since the 2013-2014 team won 13.
Windle expects that the tough schedule will help them down the road, “The games against the Class A schools should sharpen us for conference play. We need to be pushed and gain that valuable experience. Being prepared for those games is crucial.”
Ari is hopeful that the non-conference games will help the Eagles get momentum to challenge ICB, “We’re looking forward to playing Inter-City, Lutheran Northwest, Lenawee and Canton. I think that winning our division (MIAC Blue) is a realistic goal”. “I think we can win the division; we have a good chance if we play well”, added Fernandez.
Costello agreed and noted that support can come from fellow students as well, “I think our fans will help us at all of our games. The themed events should be fun, and we’ll be hyped to play. But we need to think about our day-to-day improvement and not think too far ahead. If we keep getting better, the results should be a product of our hard work.”
This year’s team is a blend of experience and youth. Providing senior leadership will be Isabel Mossel, Ella Godin, Rachel Costello and Eva Warmbier. Head Coach Rod Windle has tabbed Mossel and Godin as captains, along with sophomore, Anna Fernandez.
“I’m happy about our senior leadership”, stated Windle. “All of them have a heart to lead others and pour into others. They will be a great resource for all of the girls.”
Fernandez is looking forward to the added responsibility, “I think I’m pretty vocal. So is Ari (Boboc) and all of our seniors are demonstrating leadership and all of us are trying to help the new players and show them what is expected of them.”
Juniors Ariela Boboc and newcomer Emma Clark will work with sophomore Anna Fernandez and freshmen Morganne Houk and Grace Fernandes. Having players at every grade level will help in the years to come.
“We have an even amount of every grade. I think the new people will help us compete. We have a nice blend of guards and posts, that will be good. And we have played together before, so there will be some good chemistry”, says Boboc.
With this balance of leadership, a Christ-like spirit, experience and youthful exuberance, the 2019-2020 version of the PCA Eagles Girls’ Basketball team should provide plenty of excitement throughout the season.
PCA will play in a pre-season scrimmage the day after Thanksgiving at Plymouth (Noon and 2pm) before kicking off the season at home, on December 3 against Grosse Pointe University Liggett. Tip time is set for 7pm.
Home Opener – December 3 vs. Grosse Pointe Liggett
Road Opener – December 10 at Canton
Inter City Baptist games – February 14 at home, February 21 on the road.
Little Caesars’ Arena Game – February 10 vs. Whitmore Lake
Homecoming – February 7 vs. Clarkston Everest Collegiate
Senior Night – TBD
Varsity Basketball Roster –
Rachel Costello – 12
Ella Godin – 12
Isabel Mossel – 12
Eva Warmbier – 12
Ariela Boboc – 11
Emma Clark – 11
Anna Fernandez – 10
Grace Fernandes – 9
Morganne Houk – 9