Broken Bow junior Molly Rogers is being asked to fill a double role this year for the Lady Savages. After averaging 17 points a game last year, Rogers returns as the most experienced starter for Broken Bow and so she’s being asked to step up as more of a team leader-a role she has accepted according to her coach Toby Bean.
“She demonstrates a strong work ethic as a leader by example, but she’ll also pull the younger kids aside if needed and keeps them positive and encourages them.”
For her part, Molly remembers what it was like for her a couple of years ago as she instructs the younger ones.
“I know these freshmen are nervous because that’s how I was when I was a freshman, so I know I have to keep encouraging them. I can see how they rely on me here early in the season, but I need to help them get confident enough to do their own thing. I also have to remember that one of my other challenges is knowing that I have a job to do on the court by scoring the ball too, so I have to balance those two responsibilities.”
Molly had an excellent teacher herself as she was growing up.
“My sister Chloe played and was a good role model for me to follow. She taught me about working hard and I’m glad she did that for me and I hope I’m doing that for the other girls,” said Molly who is also in cheer and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Rogers gives credit to her dad as a motivator in her life.
“If I have a bad game, he’s always there to help talk me through it. Or if I want to go to the gym to work out, he always takes me.”
For the Lady Savages, the early part of the year may be a bit challenging according to Bean.
“We’re a young group but a lot of fun to coach. Most of these freshmen come from different K-8 schools around the area so they haven’t played together and it will take us some time to get everybody on the same page.”
And with her double roles possibly on her mind, Molly has goals for this season.
“I want to continue scoring in double-digits all season long and go into every game with the mindset that we’re going to win.”