Many new players on RCS girls' basketball squad

By John Bernhardt
After losing the nucleus of last winter’s basketball team to graduation, Roxbury girls’ basketball coach Lisa Faraci is busy reloading her roster for the upcoming campaign. Only three Rocket players return, leaving Faraci busy teaching Rocket offensive and defensive systems to a squad filled with new faces.
For Faraci the preseason has been special.
“We’re working hard to improve each and every day,” noted the Roxbury coach. These kids are so eager and working so hard. They are just eating basketball up right now.”
Two senior forwards, Lisa Boyke and Lizzie Davis, return from last season’s squad. Boyke is an assertive presence on the basketball floor, a girl with a ‘go out and get it’ style of play who can energize a team. Davis, who was injured for most of last season, is a great team player who adds depth and support.

Running the show
Junior Shannon Sprague returns. Sprague, a natural athlete, will be asked to provide floor leadership directing the Rockets’ offense this winter as the point guard.
“Shannon gives everything she has to whatever she plays,” notes Faraci. Faraci believes Sprague will become more aggressive offensively as she adjusts to her new position.
Juniors Haley Mosely, Larissa Schultis and Michaela Jordan are playing varsity basketball for the first time. Mosley, a guard/forward, has a nice outside shot. Faraci expects Mosley to become more aggressive as the season evolves. Basketball is Michaela Jordan’s sport. Jordan, a guard, is working hard on her offensive game.

Size underneath
Schultis is working at the center spot and adds size and rebounding potential to the Rockets’ game plan. Faraci loves her center’s energy and is expecting Schultis to develop her game around the hoop, hitting the boards, blocking shots and applying inside pressure defensive.
Looking forward, Faraci is excited about the potential of three sophomores who round out the Roxbury roster. All three have moved up from last year’s junior varsity team. Quick and assertive, Devin Fox is a spitfire on the basketball court.
“Devin should give us a boost against pressure defenses,” explained Faraci.
Stacey Sprague is working hard around the basket as a center.
“We’re counting on Stacey to help out with that inside stuff near the hoop,” said Faraci.
Jade Meehan will see time at the forward position this winter. A natural athlete, Meehan is fast with great leaping ability. The sophomore forward worked hard during the off-season to improve her shooting touch and offensive game.
Faraci knows her team lacks experience but likes the speed and athleticism they bring to the basketball court. “I’m hoping we can use our speed and quickness to play some tough defense that helps create offensive opportunities.”
Roxbury opens its season hosting Stamford on Tuesday, November 26.