TOLEDO (WTVG) - As the Rams have smiles on the faces, the team dances around Zia Cooke holding the program's second-straight OHSAA Girls Basketball State Championship trophy.
Quietly though, it is a sophomore who is the other scoring option for Rogers. Madison Royal-Davis scored 17 points to lead the Rams in the title game and the 1,000 career point mark is already in her rear view mirror.
"I never really been scared by the crowd or anything like that," Royal-Davis said. "I always tried my hardest and I want to make sure everyone's shot is their best shot."
Rogers head coach Lamar Smith observes that Royal-Davis is a complete sophomore as she also does well in the classroom.
"Madison is just a tremendous athlete," Smith said. "I think Madison likes to play against competition - good competition - she steps up. I'm not surprised by this. She showed that she can do it inside out, she's rebounded very well for us this year and she's getting taller. She's just a special athlete running the floor very well. So I'm just excited to see her. Her junior and senior year are going to be her best years."
Those that know the Rams know what Royal-Davis can do on the court. In the team's semifinal game in 2018, she led everyone in the book with 23 points.
"I've been going to the gym in the morning and at night trying to get shots up," Royal-Davis said.
"I think it is huge as a freshman to make second team all state and then this year make first team," Smith said. "Madison is on a very good path right now. Also, Madison is a great young lady. Very silly, likes to have fun like teenagers should but she is a very, very happy kid and I'm just excited to see what is happening for Madison."