Everything’s coming up Rosie for the Truman High School girls basketball team.
Rosie Braley and Deon Monroe teamed up to lead the Patriots to a 64-45 non-conference win over visiting Lee’s Summit North Thursday night.
Braley, a senior who stands 6-foot-3, and Monroe, a 5-7 junior, teamed up at the post position to combine for 41 points. Braley led all scorers with 21 as her Patriots career is winding down, and the slashing Monroe added 20.
“Last year I was playing the point, and I like the post a lot more,” said Monroe, a junior guard who lavished praise on her teammates, especially her senior post mate.
“Rosie had a great game. She didn’t miss at all from the floor and had a lot of offensive boards. It’s kind of funny, she hit a 3-point shot tonight and is our tallest player.
“It’s like it’s not fair when she scores all those baskets inside, then goes out and hits a 3-pointer.”
Braley shot 9 of 12 from the floor and had six rebounds.
“She only had six boards because we hit most of our shots tonight,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said after his Patriots improved to 11-13 against the Suburban Big Six team. “Anytime you beat a big class team, it’s a quality win. I was really happy for Rosie tonight. She has worked so hard to become a complete, overall player. This was one of her best games.
“And everyone knows how good Deon is. They were quite a combo tonight.”
The Patriots jumped out to a 21-12 lead and had a 43-25 advantage going into halftime.
“We play our final home game tomorrow night and I am sure I will experience that ‘senior moment,’” Braley said, as she was congratulated after the victory. “I have worked hard and I am so proud of my team and all our girls.
“We’re playing our best basketball right now and with district next week here at home, that’s when you want to play your best basketball. I think we have the chance to do something special at district, especially if we play like we did tonight.”
Anija Frazier, who scored her 1,000th career point earlier this week for the Broncos, led Lee’s Summit North with 14 points. Lauren Draney added 13.
Becca Gilpin scored 10 points for the Patriots with Kaylie Simonds adding nine.
HALL OF FAME FRIDAY: The Truman High School annual Hall of Fame induction will take place tonight as the Patriots play host to Lee’s Summit. The girls game begins at 5:30, followed by the boys game, with the Hall of Fame induction between varsity games.
embers of the class include:
• Derica Davidson, Class of 1999: Davidson earned six varsity letters in volleyball and basketball. Had 195 kills. She played for the national championship basketball team at Johnson County Community College, averaging 19.2 points per game.
• Taryn Nash, Class of 2010: Nash earned eight varsity letters in volleyball and soccer. Four career volleyball records and four season volleyball records. Helped lead the soccer and volleyball teams to multiple district titles. Two-time academic all-state. Nash graduated in the top one percent of the Class of 2010.
• Paige Parker, Class of 2014: Parker is one of the most decorated players in the history of girls softball in the state of Missouri. She was three-time Gatorade Player of the Year (2010, 2012 and 2013), four-time all-state, four-time first team all-conference, all-area. She holds the school season and career records for wins, strikeouts, ERA and shutouts. As a hitter she has career record in hits, runs, doubles, home runs and RBIs. She was two-time academic all-state. At the University of Oklahoma, she was a four-time All-American, four-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, three-time academic All-American and Academic All-Big 12, received the Big 12 Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award and the 2017-18 Big 12 Female Sports Person of the Year. Most outstanding player in 2016 College Softball World Series and a 19-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.
• Liz Riley, Class of 1975: Riley is considered instrumental in the acceptance of girls sports into the Independence School District. She was an outstanding athlete participating in all the outlets for girls at the time in basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis and bowling. Her speech, along with Alonda Mitchell of William Chrisman, to the Board of Education in 1974 is considered instrumental in the advent of girls athletics into the Independence School District. Her senior year, the first of girls’ sports, she participated in volleyball, basketball and softball.
• Zach Watkins, Class of 2005: Watkins was an all-state linebacker and is the Patriots all-time leading tackler. Watkins earned eight varsity letters. He attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., and became one of the most decorated players in MIAA history. He was a four-year starter, three-year All-American, four-year all-region, three-time first-team all-conference. All-time leading tackler. In 2009 he was the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year, a three-time MIAA Scholar-Athlete, 2008 Academic All-American.
• 1981 Girls Basketball Team: The 1981 girls basketball team, coached by Pete Hile, record was 27-4 overall and 9-1 in league play and defeated Southwest High School from St. Louis 63-57 in the state championship game at the University of Missouri’s Hearnes Center.