Weekend Chit-chat with Rosary girls basketball’s Taylor Drozdowski
Rosary girls basketball sophomore Taylor Drozdowski has grown accustomed to battling taller forwards this season, and is having some success doing it. In Thursday night’s 47-40 win against Aurora Central Catholic, Drozdowski scored 13 points, including an inside basket that gave the Royals a 42-38 lead with 1:13 to play in the game. Drozdowski spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab after the game for this week’s Weekend Chit-chat, in which she discussed the rivalry win, Rosary’s loss of standout Megan Conlin to an ACL tear and the season’s stretch run. The following is an edited transcript:
What’s it like playing ACC, just from a mentality standpoint?
It’s tough. They’re a tough team to play, and we always look forward to it. It’s one of our top games of the season. It’s always a good game.
Neither team was really shying from collisions. Is it a game that you just know you’re going to come out a little bruised and banged up afterward?
Yeah, you definitely know you’re going to come out a little bruised, but it’s worth it in the end. Bruises are just a little aftermath. It’s nothing.
What’s it been like for you guys regrouping after Conlin got hurt?
We’ve had to make a lot of adjustments. … She’s a really big part of our team, and we miss her. I just wish she could play with us again, but we’re adjusting.
If there something you’ve had to change with your role in particular?
In the beginning of the season I played a 4/3 position, and normally I played the 3 because Megan was a 4 but when she got hurt I got moved down to the 4. I’m one of the shortest littles 4s in the league, so I’ve got to be tough down there. It’s a big adjustment, but I’m making it for the team.
What’s it like playing for coach (Jessie) Wilcox? She’s a younger coach so I imagine you guys find her pretty relatable?
We can so relate to her. I love her. She just fits in with the team really well.
You guys have about a month left in the season. What’s the mindset for what you guys are trying to get out of the final month?
We’re just trying to make our second half of our year better. We had a rough time in the Oswego tournament so we came back after break and regrouped. Then we played Montini. Now we’re just regrouping, [and beating ACC] is the start to a great second half. We’re just looking forward to regionals and all that stuff.
Do you have any family history at Rosary?
No. I’m the first one to go to Rosary. My mom went to Oswego, and my dad went somewhere up north.
And are you enjoying it?
I love it. Absolutely love it. It’s my favorite. I’m so glad I went here.