The Galloway girls’ basketball team has experienced a year of transition with the incorporation of underclassmen, particularly five freshman reserves, into the rotation.
The Scots have managed to earn eight wins through Jan. 17 including victories over Woodward, Atlanta International and Westminster. Leading the efforts has been sophomore point guard Jada Ryce. After averaging more than 15 points and six rebounds as a freshman last winter, she has increased her production with more than 20 points, eight rebounds and steals per game in 2018-19.
“Jada has taken on more responsibility this season with scoring,” Galloway head coach Kiesha Brown said. “Our goal is to make sure that she’s scoring the right way and also finding teammates. She’s done a lot of mental work to see her options as the point guard and becoming an extension of the coach on the floor.”
Ryce has seen a maturation to her game in her second year with the Scots’ program.
“I’ve had to step up as a leader even though I’m an underclassman,” she said. “My role as the point guard is to keep the team calm and steady while controlling the pace of the game and looking for my teammates. I want everyone to get better together. I’ve continued to work on my fundamentals, particularly shooting, which has improved. I’ll continue to work hard and with intensity.”
The team is firmly entrenched in Region 5A play and jockeying for positioning and a potential spot in the state playoffs.
“I think the rest of the season looks good,” Ryce said. “We’re right there so we have to keep working hard and things will click well for us. We’re going to push through these next games.”
Ryce began playing basketball in the fifth grade and is also a member of the Finest Basketball Club AAU team. She lists Louisville star Asia Durr, a St. Pius X graduate, and Kelsey Mitchell of the WNBA’s Indiana Fever as her favorite players.
“I wasn’t originally going to play basketball because the rest of my family plays soccer,” she said. “I didn’t want to play soccer and my family wanted me to choose a sport at a young age. I like the competitiveness of basketball and being on a team, working together to face an opponent.”
Ryce, the daughter of Judy Ryce, has a 3.83 grade point average and lists English as her favorite subject.
“We discuss symbolism and problems being represented in the world today in the books,” she said.
Ryce may join Galloway’s track team as a sprinter this spring and also plays piano. Galloway will battle Wesleyan at home Tuesday and will host Camp Jewell House Jan. 25.