With the scrappy nature of the Neeleys’ game, players often times find themselves out of position to get back on defense quickly when a shot goes up.
“I’m the safety, the first person to get back once we shoot it and try to prevent teams from getting easy baskets in transition,” she said. “I think it’s pretty important because the farther you get out in the tournament, there’s better, faster, stronger girls. You have to have that person getting back.
“We need all of us doing our jobs to win.”
Rubow is the third senior in the starting lineup, and arguably the person who does the largest amount of things that don’t show up in the boxscore. Her leadership has been leaned upon all season long, and now that the Comets are one win away from a state title, she’s starting to understand the magnitude of her role as a motivator and encourager.
“It’s really exciting — it’s almost like a dream, really,” Rubow said. “It’s been a great season, and taking every step — we call it the journey. We’ve taken it one game at a time, and now that we’re this deep into the postseason, we see it as an awesome opportunity.
“We’ve all been doing our roles all season long, and it’s gotten us here.”