TREMONT’S BLUE COLLAR TEAM KEEPS ITS GOALS IN SIGHT
By Mike Talbert
The weather tried to knock out one of the Tremont Lady Eagles’ goals for this season, but Tremont has managed to reschedule all its games so it will finish the year against three tough opponents.
The goal for 23-3 Tremont was to win as many games in the regular season as it won all last year when it finished 26-9 before falling in the Class 1A semifinals.
It isn’t going to be easy with Biggersville (14-10 overall, 9-1 Division 2-1A) tonight in a game for the division lead, Mooreville Friday and Jumpertown Saturday. They will also have to win all three to accomplish another goal of going undefeated at home.
Coach Zee Barnes is not complaining, looking at this as a good build-up for the Division 2-1A Tournament next week.
Tonight’s game is a big worry for him. Biggersville, with super quick guard Tabitha Davis, “is the only team that has hurt our trap this year,” he said.
The three-quarters court press has been one of the keys to Tremont’s success this season. Stacy North (14.1 ppg) sits at the top to deflect passes to interceptors Amy Holley, Jill Holley (14.4 ppg) and April Snider. They’re in the lanes ready to start the fast break off turnovers, a tactic which has enabled Tremont to outscore opponents an average of 63-41. Tiffany Garrett has the role of keeping the Lady Eagles from being burned if the press is broken.
“We also use a lot of players to keep fresh legs in the game to chase the basketball,” Barnes said.
Barnes is mildly surprised with the success because the Lady Eagles lost some key players from last season, including Jessica Hammock.
Determination is the difference this season, he says.
“We are not a finesse team like last year’s, which played a lot prettier. When there is a loose ball there are four white shirts diving for it,” he said. “These are blue collar players.”
They are also shooters. Barnes notes that the team has hit 128 of 482 3-point attempts. He doesn’t mind them shooting. “We seem to go to the boards well and get a lot of second shots,” he said.
It seems like the right combination for this season.