It may not be original anymore, but basketball teams are famous for labeling their trifold attack as “The Big Three.” A glance at the history book shows that Boston, San Antonio and Miami are just a few of various sports teams to stake a claim the name.
Soon, Louisa’s varsity girls basketball team might want a piece of the name as well.
With the dribble-drive threat of sophomore guard Nya Anderson, versatility of forward Rebecca Brookman and scoring prowess of transfer junior Bre’Shae Bell, the Lady Lions have jumped to a surprisingly fast start this season, with a record of 4-2.
And though head coach Jarred Soles is wary to point the spotlight at his trifecta of talent, he does confide that their emergence has undoubtedly factored into the team’s recent success, a far cry from last year’s 0-21 final record last year.
“I think everyone on the team deserves some credit for our success,” Soles said, “But I certainly don’t want to take anything away from what those three girls have done for us.”
What the trio has done is combine to account for 90 percent of the team’s scoring, 55 percent of its rebounding, and 75 percent of its steals. And while certainly three players do not make a team, the trio’s contributions on the hardwood have been undeniable.
The group’s mindset is best represented by Brookman’s straight-laced mentality. Awarded the “Hardest Worker” trophy by last year’s team, Soles said that the staff never questions her effort.
“She leads by example,” Soles said. “She has the ability to not get too high or too low. She’s a great example. She’s like an anchor on our team. She comes out hard every day, no matter if we’ve won two games in a row or lost two games in a row.”
It’s a stoic mentality that the rangy, 5’10 Brookman brings to the paint, grabbing 5.4 rebounds and adding a block per game for the Lady Lions this season.
In Louisa’s backcourt, the maturation of 5’2 sophomore point guard Anderson (12 ppg) is a tantalizing storyline that promises to continue for the next few years. Soles said Anderson was initially intimidated while playing significant minutes as a freshman last year, and though her on-court talents have improved, Soles said the evolution of her mindset has been critical.
To read the entire story, see the Dec. 19 edition of The Central Virginian.