|Gleason’s Jones, Westview’s Vincent named to All-State girls’ basketball teams |
|Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:00 pm |
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Though she’d almost certainly trade being selected to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 2A All State team for a different result in the state tournament last month, the honor is both befitting and a nice consolation prize for Westview’s Teddy Vincent.
Vincent led the Lady Chargers in scoring, rebounding and to the Elite Eight to cap a stellar prep playing career that saw her start every game (100) since the beginning of her sophomore season.
She was visibly upset, though, in the aftermath of Westview’s 61-48 loss to Elizabethton in the state quarterfinals that represented her final game in a Charger uniform.
“What you saw after that game was real; she loved playing for Westview and put the team above all individual things,” Westview head coach Sean Stephenson said of Vincent. “She wanted to win the state tournament more than anything, certainly more than any personal honor.
“While some may look at it as a great honor and accomplishment just to get to that level — and it was — she wanted to win at any cost. And that included sacrificing any individual accolade that she was deserving of.”
Having inked a scholarship with High Point (N.C) University before the season, the 5-8 Vincent went out and proved she was indeed worthy of playing on the next level.
She averaged 18.6 points and seven rebounds in her senior season, leading Martin to 29 wins and a spot in the Class 2A state tourney field. Vincent shot 53 percent from the field, hit her foul shots at an 83 percent clip and set a school record for most points in a game with 42 vs. Crockett County.
Her coach said a tireless worth ethic has separated Vincent from many players with similar abilities.
“I’ve not had a player who has worked as hard during the offseason as Teddy,” Stephenson continued. “She’s put the time in while others are off doing other things, and she’s made herself a better shooter, a better ball handler and just a complete and better player.
“Because she’s worked so hard, she’s not just a post player or just a perimeter player. She’s a basketball player.”
Vincent will likely play a swingman role at either the shooting guard or small forward spot in college after playing inside out of necessity for Westview.
And Stephenson believes the transition will be easy.
“She will need to improve on her mid-range game, but she’s certainly capable. She made a bunch of big 3-pointers for us down the stretch, and I think that because she learned to be such an aggressive offensive rebounder from playing inside, any contact she has outside will be a non-factor.”
Vincent was joined on the 11-member TSWA Class 2A team by fellow District 13 members Brandi Goodman of Obion Central and Covington’s Ashia Jones.
Published in The WCP 4.9.13