Morley Stanwood coach reflects on 15-win season

Brooke Brauher (34)

MORLEY — Rob Brauher concluded his second season with the Morley Stanwood girls and doesn’t hesitate to mention the impressive success his team had with a 15-8 overall and 7-3 mark for second-place in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division.

“The girls had a very successful season,” Brauher said. “They improved on last year’s record by four games, I believe. This was a great group of girls to coach. They had a lot of fun when they are together and just genuinely enjoyed each other. Whenever I had a bad day at work, my attitude always changed by the time I was around them for five minutes. They can’t help but make you smile.

“Last season was a change for some of us to get acclimated with each other and others had to start that process this year. I realized I needed to make some changes in my coaching style and they realized that they needed to work harder for the success that they wanted to have. Together, we all grew this season to become better players and coaches. It was a big season of growth I feel.”

Expectations were basically met.

“I had very high hopes for this group of girls and I think we were fairly successful,” Brauher said. “I felt looking at our schedule we could finish the regular season with probably three losses. We played some very good teams on our schedule and the girls learned that you have to bring maximum effort every night to the court or anyone can beat you. We got that second district title in a row, which was a big goal for the girls.

“Winning our second district title was a big highlight for us. We fought through some adversity to get that title, so it was special for the girls. We were down by four with 1:15 to go against St. Louis in the district semi-finals and come back to win by three, and that was a big moment. It showed the ladies a lot about themselves.”

Brauher recalls playing a tough and highly ranked Kent City in a close battle at home.

“We were down 16-1 to start the game and ended up tied at the half and end of the third,” he said. “Even though we lost by 10, it showed the young ladies that they are just as good if they work hard at what they want.”

On the all-CSAA Silver squad, juniors Brooke Brauher and Breanna Berry were on the first team and junior Kalee Ramsey was on the honorable mention list.

Brauher averaged 13.0 points and 8.7 rebounds a game and totaled 22 assists, 43 steals and 30 blocks.

“Brooke was one of our leaders on and off the court,” Rob Brauher said. “She is a vocal player and plays with emotion. With her height and size, she was a challenge for anyone that was guarding her. When determined, she could take a game over.”

Berry averaged 10 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and totaled 46 assists and 49 steals.

“She was a quiet leader for our team,” Rob Brauher said. “She was a challenge for anyone that had the task of guarding her. Her mix of speed and ball handling allowed her to attack the rim. She’s a good mid-range shooter as well. She is very tough to keep off the boards for our opponents.”

Ramsey was the team’s floor general. She averaged 6.3 points per game.

“Everything starts with Kalee out on the floor,” Brauher said. “She is a very good facilitator of the ball, but she has a great mid range jumper that makes her dangerous off the dribble. She’s a good defender of opposing point guards.”

Junior Emma Doyle, averaged 5.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game and totaled 37 assists.

“She loved the outside shot for us,” Brauher said. “She really started to heat up toward the end of the season from outside, but she also started to get to the rim for rebounds and mid range shots. She fought through some injuries as she didn’t want to leave the floor.”

Senior Abi Waldo will be among the graduating seniors for the Mohawks.

“Abi was our defensive stopper when she was on the floor,” Brauher said. “She accepted her role on defense, but she also stepped up her offensive play this year. She looked to score and it paid off for her and our team. She will be missed.”

Also graduating is Anya Whiting.

“She was our hardest worker on our team,” Brauher said. “She would run through a wall for her teammates. She did a good job with the backup role at point guard. She gave us a lot of quality minutes this season.”

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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