mercyhurst water polo Greenwood senior Moton a catalyst for 12
Rhodes said the drill is standard practice after losses. So far this season, Greenwood hasn’t had many.
The Eagles (12 2, 0 1 Region 2 5A) dropped just their second game of the season Tuesday as they opened region play, falling 44 38 to Wade Hampton on the road.
Rhodes preaches the physicality of basketball, and it shows. Greenwood’s girls are stingy on defense and have given up 40 or more points only a handful of times in 14 contests. In fact, Rhodes’ squad averages well below that mark, holding opposing offenses to 34.6 points per game.
“It’s very physical. Whoever said that basketball is a non contact sport never played the game,” Rhodes said. “The last couple games that have been tight, it’s been very physical inside. We’re just trying to make them tough and let them know they can finish a shot while being fouled.”
That extends to Greenwood’s guards, too.
Senior Christina Moton runs the point and also plays shooting guard for the Eagles. Rhodes praises Moton for her versatility, even if her contributions don’t always pop out on the stat sheet.
“She’s such a catalyst,” Rhodes said. “She doesn’t average big numbers, but if she isn’t out on that court, there’s something missing. She’s a catalyst for our defense, and she gets our offense going just by making little steals at the best times when we need them.”
Six different players have led Greenwood in scoring this season, a testament to the team’s depth. Senior Alancia Goode led the team four times, sophomore Lauren Livingston and junior Shelby Seymour each have three games as the top scorer, junior Dazya Barcliff led the team twice, and junior Diamond Miller and Liya Rappley each led the Eagles once.
Moton averages 3.2 points, and some players might reach her season total 45 points in just a game or two.
But that’s OK. As a senior, Moton knows her role.
“Take care of the ball. Always look at open spots and make sure your post is posting up,” Moton said. “If there’s an open shot, take it, if you’re ready for it.”
Moton also knows how far Greenwood has come since last year, when the Eagles went 8 13 and were bounced in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs by Woodmont, 60 43.
“It’s a big difference,” Moton said. “Last year, we were just coming together. There were a lot of new players and I think they were kind of scared, but this year I think we’re ready.”