In her second year as captain of the Williamston girls’ basketball team, things have gone a little differently for Laura Rosekrans.
After a season to forget when Rosekrans and the Hornets were among the bottom dwellers of the CAAC, Williamston is off to an 8-1 start.
“We all put our hands in and said we didn’t want to have a season like last year,” Rosekrans said.
And with a year of experience as a captain under her belt, Rosekrans sees herself as a better leader.
“I feel more confident in myself,” she said. “I’m not afraid to call out my teammates, if I know it will help the team.”
Rosekrans has never been in a leadership role with her teammates. Originally a student at Haslett, she transferred to Williamston after her mother moved there.
“I just wanted a fresh start,” Rosekrans said. “This is 100 percent the best decision I made.”
The choice launched her basketball career forward and now has her facing another decision — where she wants to continue it.
The three schools she is considering most are Hope, Kalamazoo and Albion, but she isn’t very close to making her final choice.
“I have been visiting the campuses I’m interested in and have been going to their games,” Rosekrans said. “I’m just really undecided.”
Most of her attention is focused on the basketball court, where she has big goals for her team. Atop the list, though, is defeating Portland, who handed the Hornets their only loss this season and has defeated Williamston throughout Rosekrans’ stint with the Hornets.
“As a team, we want to beat Portland at our place,” she said. “That’s a big game for us because they’re at the top of the ladder in our league.”
It would be another way to make this season a little different than last year’s.