When Sophie Rossitch came to Charlotte Catholic four years ago, she was a talented but “streaky” player, according to Cougars coach Bobby Conrad.
Rossitch has gotten better each season, however, and her confidence has grown. During her senior season, she’s averaging a career-best 23 points.
Rossitch and Catholic will play at South Mecklenburg High at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“Confidence is such a huge thing in basketball,” Rossitch said. “When you don’t have it, you don’t even really want the ball. I remember feeling that way at times in the past. I think you have to make mistakes to learn, and learn from them every time you play.
“I’ve learned to just play basketball and move on to the next play. I’ve grown a lot as a player in the last couple years.”
Rossitch, 17, has expanded her game from that of a shooter to a player with a more complete floor game, averaging a career-best three assists, three rebounds and five steals.
“I’ve definitely taken on a lot more responsibility for my team this year, and I go after the ball when I feel like my team needs me,” Rossitch said. “But there are so many ways you can help your team win other than scoring.
“Now, when my shot is off, I try to do all the other things well, like create, pass, rebound and defend. I want to do whatever it takes to help my team win.”
Rossitch, a 5-foot-8 guard, opened the season strong, scoring 25 points in a win against Charlotte Country Day, 21 in a victory against Charlotte Latin and 28 against St. Joseph’s Catholic, S.C., in another win.
She had her best game of the season against Berry, pouring in 35 and getting her 1,000th career point in the process.
Rossitch joined an elite group of classmates from her Lady Warrior AAU team, as Bandys’ Madi Story, Hough’s Kelsey Dean and Anna Diggs and Lake Norman Charter’s Ezinne Mbamalu are part of the 1,000-point club at their respective schools.
Rossitch’s role as a leader has been essential to the Cougars this season.
“She was at every offseason workout, working as hard as she could and encouraging her teammates to do the same thing,” Conrad said. “If she’s competing in a drill and wins the drill and the other group has to run, she is right there running with the losing team. And all of her teammates follow.”
This story originally appeared in South Charlotte News and on www.newsofsouthcharlotte.com.
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