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Rozell powers Pheasants on both ends of floor

Addison Rozell drives to the basket in a game earlier this season. The Redfield senior leads her squad in nearly every statistical category. Courtesy photo

REDFIELD – Addison Rozell is a game changer no matter where she’s at on the court. From scoring inside to collecting rebounds to blocking shots, the Redfield senior fills up a stat sheet each time she puts on a uniform.

Rozell leads the Pheasants in points (23 per game), rebounds (15.3 per game), blocks (106), field-goal percentage (52 percent), and three-pointers made (31) and is second in assists (71) and steals (20).

“She’s such a complete player,” said Redfield coach Tommy Gregg. “I started scratching my head when she had a three-game stretch where she had 54 rebounds. And some of those games she didn’t play a full game.”

This season in 22 games, Rozell has produced 18 double doubles, four 20-plus rebound games, and six 15-plus rebound games.

Rozell uses desire and her basketball IQ to find the best position possible to corral rebounds. She said many times people watch others shoot the ball and aren’t focused on the best rebound position.

“People just usually turn their heads,” Rozell said, “So I feel like you once you realize that and you know that you want the rebound, you can get the positioning that you want.”

Rozell has learned many tricks of trade thanks to her mom, the former Julie Jensen, who is the all-time leading scorer at Northern State (the only player in NSU history with more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds) following a stellar prep career at Langford. The two often work on low-post moves.

“She’s taught me a lot,” Rozell said. “She would always tell me you have to keep yourself moving in the post.”

Mom relies on her own past experiences to help daughter.

“She told me that one time someone from Warner in high school told her that she hated guarding her because she always was moving,” Rozell said of some of the motherly advice she’s received. “That probably has stuck with me the most. If you keep yourself moving, people will just get tired.”

Rozell’s dad, Mark, was a standout player at Warner. Coming from those genes, is it any wonder that Rozell has developed into a standout player herself?

“You can’t argue with the DNA. You just look at the family tree. She definitely got a lot of the traits in her mom and dad,” Gregg said. “The DNA has definitely been passed down to her and she’s making the most of it.”

Not that Rozell ever felt pressured to follow in her parents’ footsteps. In fact, it’s been just the opposite.

“I think we all started playing basketball because it was something to do,” Rozell said referring to some summertime family competition. “That’s when I started liking it. There’s definitely no pressure to do it in my household. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to.”

Because basketball has played such a prominent role for the Rozells, it does lead to some pretty interesting family battles.

“I do play against my mom and I can beat my mom, now,” Rozell said. “She would probably argue that it’s just because she’s older than me. I am a bit taller. I can block her shot, but she does have a lot of good shot fakes.”

Rozell uses her 6-foot-2 inch frame not only for rebounding and scoring, but to help facilitate her team’s offense.

“We’re still able to throw the ball up to her. She can still go up and get it even if she has two kids hanging on her,” Gregg said. “She understands and sees the floor so well, she’s not scared to give it up. Her assists numbers are up.”

So are her career totals, which include 1,140 points, 725 rebounds, 238 blocks and 215 assists, despite missing 28 games due to a knee injury she suffered during her sophomore season.

Rozell knew she would be back, it just took her longer than she expected.

“It’s harder mentally maybe than physically, because your brain is like, ‘Oh yeah, you can do that,’ but then your body doesn’t let you,” she said. “I felt like I could do anything, but my body obviously wasn’t letting me. My leg just wasn’t strong enough.”

Rozell has made the most of her opportunities at Redfield and will be heading to Bismarck, N.D. next year to play basketball for the University of Mary.

When she leaves for college, she will take a lot of fond memories with her from her playing days with the Pheasants.

“I’ll probably remember my teammates, mostly,” Rozell said of what she will recall about her prep career. “I’ve made a lot of good memories with them. Winning is good and fun and all, but it means a lot that I can do it with them. They have helped me a lot and I think that we make each other better.”

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