Sydney Rosant made her mark this season.
The Sequoyah senior guard emerged as one of the most dangerous scorers in the county as a junior, but for her final season, she wanted to take it one step further.
“I worked really hard during the offseason,” Rosant said. “My goal was to dominate and show people the kind of work I had been putting in the last couple years.”
As the hard work prepared Rosant to take on a bigger scoring load, graduation cleared a path for her.
Sequoyah graduated primary ball-handlers Alyssa Cagle and Peyton Satterfield following the 2017-18 season, and Rosant took full advantage of the opportunity to average a county-high 18.8 points per game.
“The thing that changed the most was how aggressive I had to be,” said Rosant, the 2018-19 Cherokee Tribune Girls Basketball Player of the Year. “There was more weight on me this season offensively. This year, it was trying to be aggressive and trying to bring my younger teammates along with me. We wanted to keep pushing and not let up.”
To get her points, Rosant leaned on a bevy of crossover drives and step-back jump shots to keep defenders off-balance. It is not a style of play often seen in the girls game, but it is similar to where Rosant began watching basketball.
“When I was younger I used to watch mixtapes,” Rosant said. “Watching that, I always thought it looked so fun. I just built my game around that. It’s kind of a street ball-type vibe to it. It helps, because people don’t expect it. It’s hard to guard someone who can control where you think they’re going to go. It’s like a mind game.”
Rosant was not content to just lead her team this season. She was 0-2 in the playoffs her first two years with the Lady Chiefs, and the focus all season was returning the team to the prominence it had four years ago, when it made the state semifinals.
“It’s something we think about,” Rosant said. “We talked about it in practice. We knew there was a standard. Getting to state was never enough. We wanted to be the next team to do some of those things. As a team, that was always our goal.”
Rosant did finally lead Sequoyah to a playoff win at Alpharetta before running into eventual state champion Lanier in the second round. She also did it while focusing heavily on her academics, with Rosant preparing to play at Brown of the Ivy League.
“It was difficult,” she said. “I was always trying to make the best grade possible. There were some sleepless nights. It was hard, but it was completely worth it. I’m going to have to do the same thing the next four years at least.”
Rosant could have a chance to play right away next season as she joins a Brown team that finished last in the Ivy League and lost its final 13 games. She knows adjusting to the college game will take some time, but her goal as a freshman is just to build on what she did this season as a senior.
“I want to establish myself as a leader,” Rosant said. “I want to do the same things I did at Sequoyah to set an example. I want to start or at least be a contributor. I just want to do the things my team needs me to do.”