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The inside game with Cerbi Ritchey and Diamond Mayes is almost unstoppable and the same could be said for Valerie Ross and Mackenzie
Stoneâ€™s shooting efficiency.
If thatâ€™s sounds like a double-edged sword opponents want no part of, how much more dangerous are the Big Spring Lady Steers with speed in the backcourt?
The answer: very dangerous. At least thatâ€™s what head coach Mike Warren is counting on with LaShaunte Anderson, Bridgette Tuitt and Logan Yarbar.
â€śYou canâ€™t coach quickness,â€ť Warren said. â€śThey either have it or they donâ€™t and those three right there are three of the quicker ones. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™ll see in district when we play Wylie and Brownwood. Theyâ€™re going to have that same type of speed, so I hope weâ€™ll be able to match up.â€ť
So far, having the speedy guard in the backcourt has added another dimension to the Lady Steersâ€™ offensive and defensive attack.
The quickness helps in a few different ways. Naturally, if defenders are unable to keep up with Anderson, Tuitt or Yarbar, getting to the basket is easier.
But maybe where their speed is most effective is on defense, considering the full-court press the Lady Steers run.
Warren has Tuitt and Anderson â€” and Yarbar when sheâ€™s in â€” as the first line of defense in the full-court press. Their quickness allows them to trap, cause turnovers and turn those into fastbreak points.
â€śI think when me and Bridgette or me and LaShaunte or Bridgette and LaShaunte â€” any of us really â€” are in, we trap really well,â€ť Yarbar said.
The defensive pressure makes it hard for opponents to get the ball inside. Warren said their defense is their offense in this case. Even when the Lady Steers fall back into man-to-man, these guards are tough to score on.
â€śI love it when LaShaunteâ€™s up there with me because she pushes me and motivates me to want to do better, too,â€ť Tuitt said. â€śTogether, weâ€™re unbeatable. Our defense is phenomenal. Iâ€™m just happy sheâ€™s with us because itâ€™s another person to help succeed.â€ť
Warren sees Tuitt as a point guard more than anything, but thatâ€™s another plus with this group. Tuitt, Anderson and Yarbar can play at point guard, shooting guard or small forward.
Yarbar especially has seen time at small forward. She said some teams just have one point guard, one shooting guard and one small forward.
Having three players essentially vie for playing time at the same positions can present its problems, but Anderson said itâ€™s been the exact opposite with her, Yarbar and Tuitt.
â€śWhen weâ€™re on the court, we try not make it seem like itâ€™s a competition, because weâ€™re all fighting for the same spot,â€ť she said. â€śWe know that and we fit together and it works out really well when weâ€™re on the floor.â€ť
It might get a little bit more difficult for the three guards and the rest of the Lady Steers, though.
Big Spring is on the road against Lubbock High at 6 p.m. today in Lubbock. Warren, who used to coach at Lubbock Coronado, said Lubbock High has had better seasons, but itâ€™s a 5A team on the road and starts a stretch of tougher opponents for the Lady Steers.
Another tournament is on deck in Slaton after Fridayâ€™s game and then itâ€™s at Abilene Wylie, an open date and at Brownwood to start District 5-3A for the Lady Steers.
Big Spring boys
Finally, the Big Spring Steers donâ€™t have to travel to San Angelo, Monahans or Abilene for a game. At least for one night they donâ€™t
The Steers face Merkel at 7:30 p.m. today in Steer Gym. It is their first home game since the Nov. 19 matchup against Odessa Permian.
Head coach Cliff Thompson said he is excited about tonightâ€™s game.
â€śItâ€™s been almost exactly a month. Itâ€™ll be good to have some fans in the stands,â€ť he said. â€śThe past month, the only people in our stands have been the freshman team and the junior varsity.â€ťView more articles in: