Greenville grad enjoying Rochester College hoops


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:09 am on Friday, December 23, 2011

Katy Pierson boxes out a player during a game last year for Oakland Community College. She was named defensive player of the year in her second and final season at OCC. — Courtesy photo

ROCHESTER  — A former Greenville standout girls basketball player is starting to settle in with her new college team.

Katy Pierson transferred from Oakland Community College to Rochester College in Rochester Hills.

“I like it a lot,” Pierson said. “The team’s very friendly, the girls are nice and the coach is really cool. The town is really nice. It’s friendly and outgoing.”

Pierson doesn’t play in games for the Warriors because she’s a redshirt.

“I get to practice with them,” she said of the team. “During practice I’ve improved on my defense, and my three-point shot has improved and got a lot more consistent.”

However it was hard to be a redshirt at times, Pierson noted.

“I had my days,” she said. “It’s hard to go to practice and not be able to go into a game. I just cheer them on and try my best to support them.”

Pierson noted there was a difference between playing at Oakland Community College and Rochester.

“The main thing that changes was the speed of the game,” she said. “When I went to Oakland it was a step up from high school, but going to Rochester it was more of a run-and-gun, upbeat type of game.

Pierson also had to really focus on different fundamentals, she said.

“Moving from Oakland it was the finer details you have to focus on,” she said. “Like when we have to play Grand Valley, you’ll have to do the details correct or they will steal the ball. You have to focus on details more at Rochester.”

Next season Pierson has some things she would like to be.

“Next year I hope to be a leader on the floor, and I want to show it in my defense,” she said. “ I want to get the team motivated to play. Hopefully (be) an offensive threat in taking it to the hoop and maybe force opponents to guard me on my shot.”

So far the Warriors are 7-10. The 1,100-student school is an independent member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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