Defense nets juniors championship

Defense is what one local team staked its claim  on to earn champion’s honors in its league’s postseason tournament.

Photo courtesy of Sgt. Christopher RolackWiesbaden Defender players defend against Stuttgart during the championship March 8.

Photo courtesy of Sgt. Christopher Rolack
Wiesbaden Defender players defend against Stuttgart during the championship March 8.

The Wiesbaden Defenders stopped Stuttgart’s 13-15-year-old girls squad on the hard wood to take home the 2014 Installation Management Command-Europe Junior Girls Basketball Championship March 9.

“I got them to buy into the importance of defense in our team’s overall strategy,” said Christopher Rolack, head coach of Wiesbaden’s 13-15 year-old girls team two. “I told them no matter what a coach throws at us we’ve got something to stop it.”

The Defenders overcame a two-point, halftime deficit to defeat its opponents and win 37-27 in the championship game. Rolack said that at the start of the third quarter, his team applied full-court pressure and took an eight-point lead, which forced Stuttgart to call a time-out to make adjustments. But thinking one step ahead Rolack said he called for a defensive change and the team never looked back.

The team finished the season with a 10-0 record, which included four games versus German clubs to prepare for postseason play.

“The German game format really helped our team,” said Rolack noting the 10-minute quarters and the presence of a shot clock. “It made them think and helped them focus … and attack the basket.”

Rolack added that the team’s success had a lot to do with each player’s positive attitude and personal discipline.

“They were eager to learn and focused. There weren’t a lot of things going on that took away from the coaching,” he said.

The team’s roster included Jordan Brown, Emilie Hollingsworth, Isabel Lopez, Ameera Mustafa, Nya Myles, Christiana Rolack, Makaylah Truett, Grace Wagner, Anevay Whyte and assistant coaches Sheryl Marion Mustafa and Nicole Sanders.

The Child, Youth and School Services spring sports season, which includes softball, baseball, soccer and track, runs from March 31 to June 15. Contact the CYSS Sports Program about becoming a coach, registering a child at 337-7816 or civ (0611) 705-7816.