|Reedy’s leadership role has calming touch |
|Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012 7:00 pm |
|By MIKE HUTCHENS |
Messenger Sports Editor
MURFREESBORO — Tori Reedy spoke up when nobody else had anything to say.
“I did tell them about my experience and I started it with that my first shot in the state tournament landed in the stands when some girl blocked it out of bounds,” Reedy grinned, when asked if she took on a leadership role among a group of Union City teammates that had no state tourney experience prior to Thursday.
“I told them as talented as they were, that I knew they were going to be able to get off shots and make them and I knew they’d be OK.”
Reedy was a freshman member of Gibson County’s 2010 Class 2A state championship team that beat McMinn Central 63-60 with stirring 17-point second-half comeback.
She transferred to Union City for this, her junior, season and was the only member of the Lady Tornado squad with even a remote idea as to the grand stage of the Murphy Center before UC’s 56-33 romp over Wartburg in the Class 1A quarterfinals.
Asked if she could sense any nervousness among her teammates, she said: “maybe a little.”
“I think they were almost giddy if anything. They told me as long as I kept talking they’d be OK.”
Union City head coach Eddie Suiter insisted that he didn’t push Reedy to talk to her mates.
“That’s something she did on her own,” Suiter claimed. “She and Anna (Moore) have both been good leaders this year, and she took it upon herself to just try to calm anybody down who might’ve been nervous.
“She’s a leader in the right way, and isn’t overbearing about it and doesn’t step on anyone’s toes.”
A member of the basketball-playing Reedy family and the youngest of four daughters of Chuck (a non-faculty assistant coach) and Maria, Tori had watched her older siblings all compete at the highest prep level before here,
Both Abby and Gentry Reedy played on Obion Central’s 2005 state tournament team, and third-child Aubrey was a senior two years ago when GC won it all.
Tori claimed that Thursday’s experience would rank ahead of her first two years ago, “because it was history-making for the whole team.”
She then grinned and added: “And because it was the first time I came without a sister. It was just me.”
JOINING TOGETHER — Members of the Obion Central girls team and Lady Rebel head coach Lyle LaRue were in attendance at Thursday’s game to cheer on their county cousins when Union City beat Wartburg.
OC players were dressed in pink T-shirts and rose as one when the Lady Tornado starting lineup was announced.
Suiter, who coached OC to its last state tourney appearance in 2005, was appreciative of the support, and said he expected as much.
“I’d gotten several texts from faculty members at Obion, and Macy (Wright) and I text back and forth often and I told her how glad I was she made it to this stage,” the Union City skipper said. “I truly think the two groups of fans like each other — except maybe when we’re playing each other — and I know we want them to do well. I think they want us to do well too.
“And I was proud that our people showed up and were loud and supportive too. We had a good bit of home here.”
THIS AND THAT — Union City’s 23-point victory Thursday was the largest margin of any of the 12 quarterfinal games in any classification. … UC has not trailed in a game since late in the second quarter of the Region 7A Tournament championship game against Lake County. … Tommy Sewell of Dyersburg is representing the Northwest Tennessee Officials Association at the tournament. … While Obion County had and still has two teams in the tournament, Lawrence County had three — but now boasts just one. Lawrence County (Class 3A) was ousted in the quarterfinals Thursday, while Loretto was also beaten in the Class 1A Round of 8. Summertown, which edged Lake County in overtime, is the lone entry of the three to move on. Published in The Messenger 3.9.12