Classen SAS girls basketball team has come a long way since Malcolm Roberts' arrival

Last season, though, they posted a 17-10 record, climbing from the cellar of Class 4A to a top-20 team and creating high expectations entering this season for the first time in school history.
by Jacob Unruh Published: December 6, 2013

When Malcolm Roberts took over the Classen SAS girls basketball program in 2011, there wasn't much hope for success.

The Comets didn't even complete their season because they didn't have enough players.

Last season, though, they posted a 17-10 record, climbing from the cellar of Class 4A to a top-20 team and creating high expectations entering this season for the first time in school history.

“It's just hard to believe that you take a school like Classen, where everything is academics, and you have people willing to come watch girls,” Roberts said. “It would be different if it was boys, but girls basketball is the lifeblood as far as sports. It's kind of fun.”

The Comets are 4-0 this season and are ranked No. 14 in the coaches' poll on OSSAARankings.com.

They have a young, talented roster highlighted by Roberts' daughter, Taylor, a freshman point guard already receiving recruiting interest from Kansas State.

She made her debut Tuesday against Northwest Classen, scoring 34 points and showing no signs of an injured ankle that kept her out of the season's first three games.

“I think she'll be fine,” Malcolm said. “I wouldn't be surprised if she doesn't average 25-30, if not more.”

For a freshman to average that would be impressive. But for a freshman to average that at Classen would be even more impressive.

When Roberts left Northeast, a school where he had success as the boys basketball coach, people thought he was crazy for taking the job, and it's likely some still do.

by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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