BIG RAPIDS — Mackenize Cole has another year of girls basketball and her Crossroads Charter Academy team is looking for her to accomplish plenty of key contributions on the court.
The Cougars are 3-2 overall coming off a 42-20 win over Charleton Heston Academy on Monday. They don’t play again until Jan. 8 when they are at Pentwater.
This is Cole’s senior season.
“Last year went pretty good,” Cole said. “I had to keep pushing through the season. It gets hard when you don’t have a lot of girls. But it went really good. I thought our confidence went up at the end of the year.”
There are around 10 girls on this year’s team.
“I was point guard and will be point guard again this year,” she said. “During the preseason, I feel confident as a leader.”
Shooting is among Cole’s strengths.
“On defense I’m good at reading the passes so I can steal,” Cole said.
She indicated her best shot is a step in front of the 3-point line.
To be an effective 3-point shooter, “you have to have confidence,” she said.
Coming into the season, Cole has a good inkling about the team. There are newer student athletes on the roster.
“We have some new faces on the team and they have different skills they’re good at,” Cole said.
She expects Pentwater to be among the teams to beat in the league.