Robinson leads, plays with heart

Four years ago, Ravin Robinson came to Indian River High School as a freshman, and was instantly thrust into the big-time competition of varsity basketball. Rather than be intimidated, Robinson felt she was in a position to learn how to compete on a higher level.
“Playing varsity was a great experience for me because there were a good group of seniors here who showed us how to compete,” said Robinson. “Playing at this level was an education, but it made me a smarter player.”

Robinson plays the game very intelligently, indeed; she seems to wait for the precise moment to make the play. Robinson averages a team-high 12 points per game, but it’s the intangibles that stick out when watching the Lady Indians play basketball.

Whether it’s driving to basket to get the foul, or deflecting a pass intended for a wide-open opponent, Robinson has an uncanny way to find the ball to make the key play.

“Ravin has been our savior this year,” said head coach Steve Persolio. “I can put the ball in her hands and know what she’s doing. We’re going to have a hard time trying to replace her when she graduates.”

Each year new players join the program and hype always surrounds them, but they rarely have Robinson’s desire to compete or her work ethic.

“She’ll run through a brick wall if you ask her to, and with no questions asked,” said Persolio.

Robinson leads from the front, setting the tone in practice and games, giving 100 percent at all times, as she scrambles for defensive position or is running the offense, in spite of her physical ailments.

“My adrenaline gets me going and my knee doesn’t even bother me until the second half, and then the intensity of the game pushes me to play through it,” said Robinson. “I never want to come out of the game, even if we are winning by a lot.”

Robinson’s love for competition grew as she tagged along to her older sister’s softball games and practices as a kid.

“I started playing t-ball when I was 4 or 5, and my sister was an all-state pitcher — so I was basically raised around sports,” said Robinson.

Once Robinson got older the competition heated up between the two siblings — mostly to see who could get to the phone first.

With the basketball season coming to a conclusion, Robinson is looking forward to the upcoming softball season.

“I want to win the southern division so bad this year,” said Robinson.

Robinson wants to recapture the postseason magic they had her freshman year when the team lost to Smyrna by one run in the second round of the playoffs.

“It was hard work getting to the playoffs, and once you get to that level it makes you hungry for more success,” said Robinson.

Aside from visions of playoff contention, Robinson is looking forward to playing her favorite sport this upcoming spring.

“Playing on our softball team is almost like being at home,” she said. “Everyone is so tight — we’re always checking up on each other and the coaches will do anything for us.”

Once Robinson graduates from Indian River she may study psychology and play softball at Millersville College in Pennsylvania, though she is still undecided at this time. The college competition should keep Robinson busy as she adapts to her new surroundings and skill level.

“I have worked very hard to get where I am today, but I can always go farther,” said Robinson.