It’s lonely at the top. Jayden Weers experiences that acutely as the only senior member of the Rock Creek girls basketball team.
“Sometimes it’s hard to be the only senior because of the leadership, and I’m the only one,” she said.
But she isn’t always alone in leading the team. Weers said underclassmen on the team also provide leadership.
“During basketball games, I try to be uplifting, like cheering the most,” she said.
She said sometimes it’s hard to be positive, but she knows her attitude sets the tone and tries to lead by example.
“During practice, I try to be aggressive so other people will be aggressive and stuff like that,” Weers said.
Rock Creek head coach Adam Plummer said the senior leads by example and brings intensity to both practice and games.
“She brings leadership, which is something that we’re lacking because of our youth,” Plummer said. “Even though you want every kid to try to be a leader, it’s hard for a freshman or sophomore to step up and take that role.”
But Weers wasn’t always the only one in her class. Plummer said he expected to have four seniors, but only Weers returned.
“I know she misses a few people in her class,” he said. “This group, when they were in junior high, they won their league championship, and since then, it’s been a steady process where they’ve kind of weeded themselves out.”
Weers knew she would be the only senior on this year’s squad and said she misses her former teammates.
“I just sit in the bleachers, waiting for other girls to be done with JV, where last year, we would all go to someone’s house and have a meal or something,” she said. “I just miss the camaraderie.”
But she’s bonded with the other girls.
“I hope they look up to me like a mother like my actions and what I do,” she said.
Last year’s squad also only had one senior, but Plummer hopes more girls will stick with basketball because of Weers’ legacy.
“We only have two juniors on the team right now, so hopefully both of those juniors will be on the team next year,” he said. “Hopefully those two will come back to establish that mindset and that mindset and tradition that you stick it out for four years. Not just for you, but for your school, your friends, your classmates, everybody.”