Performance Therapy Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – 12-21
By Robert Wilson
Not even Germantown High junior guard Madison Booker, considered one of the best American players in her class, did what her teammate Alana Rouser did last week.
Rouser, a 6-foot sophomore forward, grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds and had 13 points in a 53-32 win over MSHAA Class 6A contender Brandon last Tuesday night in Brandon. .
Rouser also had another double-double — 11 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 blocked shot — in a 60-41 victory over fellow Class 6A contender Tupelo on Saturday in Tupelo.
For her outstanding performances, Rouser was named Performace Therapy/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.
Rouser, who has been starting since eighth grade, is overshadowed by teammate Booker, who was a starter on the U.S. national under-16 team this summer, ranked third in the nation in her class and sought after by all. top college in the country. But Rouser also has a lot of talent and it showed last week. She had those 22 rebounds, 13 defensive and nine offensive, to help Germantown top Brandon for the second time this season. Rouser played in seven double-double games this season and his high rebounding game was 18 with a season-high 21 points against the Class 5A powerhouse and undefeated Neshoba Central this season through last week. Only twice this season has she dropped below nine rebounds in a game.
Rouser is averaging 10.5 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game for 13-2 Germantown this season. Rouser, like Booker, is a member of the Priority One Bank/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson Preseason Elite 11 team. Rouser has been nominated by Southern Miss, Alcorn State, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley and Louisiana-Monroe and many other schools in the Division I have expressed interest.
“Alana stepped up her rebounding game a level last week in two big games,” Germantown coach Jamie Glasgow said. “She’s so strong, athletic and relentless that it’s hard to keep her off the boards. Alana was out with an (ankle) injury from early August until mid-October. She was a bit rusty offensively in beginning of the season, but she has really transformed her lately. I know she will continue to improve throughout the season.
Rouser’s performance helped snap Brandon’s 11-game winning streak. Brandon has only lost three games, including two against Germantown. Tupelo had only lost two games prior to Saturday, and Rouser helped Germantown hand Tupelo their worst loss of the season.
Rouser averaged 13.1 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocked shots and 1.4 steals last season as a rookie and helped Germantown to a 13-4 record and a second-place finish in the league. class 6A MSHAA. She was a second-team member of Priority One Bank/Mississippi Scoreboard Metro Jackson last season. Rouser was a third member of the All-Metro Jackson team as an eighth grader.
Germantown’s next game is on December 27 when they take on Desoto Central in the Desoto Central Holiday Tournament.