Beating the press: Sevier County girls need strong guard play
The Sevier County girls basketball team has its star in Brittany Tarr.
The key will be getting the ball to the post. The Bearettes must work in some new backcourt players this year after the departure of three seniors, including two all-district guards.
“We’ve got to develop that mindset with our guards that, ‘Hey, we’re not scared of being pressed or trapped,’ ” said Sevier County coach Stacy Marine. “We’re going to see a lot of it, especially after losing your top two guards. When it comes to gameplanning for us, (teams) are probably going to press and trap us a little bit at times.
“Our guards are just going to have to be able to handle it.”
The good news is, once the Bearettes deliver the ball into the post, Tarr can really do some damage. The junior has already drawn some interest from several colleges and should be the offensive centerpiece this winter. Marine said she’s a great athlete for her size at around 5-foot-10 and is one of the best rebounders he’s ever seen as a coach. Tarr has also developed an outside game to the point where she has the green light to shoot from the perimeter.
“I’ve never been really allowed to shoot or dribble the ball until this year,” Tarr said. “I play AAU and stuff over the summer. I’ve definitely improved my shooting, ball handling, post moves, all around. I’ve been working on it.
“I’m excited. I’m not nervous. I’ve been waiting for this, waiting for my moment. Now, this is it.”
Tarr said she knows the Bearettes will see a lot of press this year after losing Taylor Chapman and Kelsey Wypych. The pair served as Sevier County’s primary ball handlers last year.
Marine said he’s trying out a mixture of guards to see who fits best but he started the season with Katlyn Davis starting at the point and Rachel Cole at the two guard. Bri Miniard, who also puts in some time at the post, sophomore Olivia Maples, Tori McKinney, Shawnna Anglin and Erica Schreiner will also be asked to move the ball.
This will be the first time Davis has played point guard in high school with most of her past experience on the wing. She said she’s excited about the opportunity.
“We have a lot of guards this year that need to step up and take the position that Taylor and Kelsey did last year,” Davis said. “I think we’re doing that. I think the more games we play the more comfortable we’ll all get, the better we’ll get at handling the ball.”
Tarr’s post presence will be supplemented by Miniard and Brooklyn Fox. It should be enough to produce some big offensive nights as long as Sevier County can get the ball down the floor.
“I expect us to compete, night in, night out with just about anybody that we play,” Marine said. “We’re one of those teams that at times we can compete with anybody and at times we can be beat by anybody. It just depends on how consistent we play.”