by Andrew Stark
Myers Park girls basketball coach Dustin Terrel knew the 2011-12 season was going to be special before it even began. But as the unbeaten Mustangs continue to pile up wins, he’s focused on the ultimate goal: the Class 4A state title.
The Mustangs closed out the regular season 24-0 and have depth and talent at every position. They feature six players who average at least 5.4 points and 2.8 steals per game.
Six-foot senior Roddreka Rogers is the key to the balanced Mustang attack – and perhaps the key to winning a state championship.
Terrel points to a Jan. 27 win over Ardrey Kell to show how Rogers can impact a game in many different ways. She was held scoreless the first half but contributed 11 rebounds and was “the best player on the floor.”
Rogers is second on the team with 11.9 points per game, but she’s proudest of her 9.3 rebounds, 3.7 steals and two blocks.
“Defense is really my thing,” said Rogers. “I love getting rebounds and blocking shots, and when I get a chance to score, I can. But defense is what I do best.”
The Mustangs play a trapping defense, and Rogers thrives on the aggressive nature of her teammates.
“She is definitely our leader on both ends of the court,” Terrel said. “Roddreka does such a great job of commanding and demanding the ball. Teams -double- and triple-team her all the time, but it doesn’t faze her. She rebounds, blocks shots, scores, whatever we need.”
Rogers arrived at Myers Park from Phoenix, Ariz., before last season but could not play because N.C. High School Athletic Association transfer rules. She said sitting out was the hardest thing she’s had to do, although it got her focused,
Rogers is drawing recruiting interest from colleges throughout the country. Before she leaves Myers Park, however, she wants to lead the Mustangs to an undefeated season and a state title.
“Winning a state championship has always been my goal, and I tell my teammates that if we fall short, I will have to come back (to high school) to make sure I get it,” said Rogers, the daughter of former Wake Forest and NBA star Rodney Rogers.
The talented Mustangs are determined to send Rogers out a winner.
“We all just bring so much to the table, and we work so well together and have such a great chemistry on the court,” Rogers said. “It’s a big thing to us to go undefeated and win a state championship.”
If any team is to beat the Mustangs this year, it must slow down Rogers and keep her teammates in check.
Nobody was able to do it in the regular season.