Leile­hua Guard Ex­pect­ing Big Things

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Sports - By JACK DANILEWICZ

For Leile­hua guard Tif­fany Reyher, play­ing bas­ket­ball is an all-con­sum­ing prospect. Asked what she does in her time away from school and the game, the se­nior an­swers with­out hes­i­ta­tion: “I play bas­ket­ball.

“I play bas­ket­ball all the time. With our team, ev­ery­thing is bas­ket­ball.”

Not even a rash of in­juries has kept her out of the lineup in a var­sity ca­reer that has seen her by­pass play­ing for the JV team al­to­gether.

“I’ve had a groin in­jury, I’ve had a back prob­lem and I sprain my an­kle ev­ery year,” Reyher ad­mit­ted. “Last year, I tore lig­a­ments, but even if I’m in­jured, I’ll still play.”

In this, her fi­nal goaround at the prep level, Reyher hopes for a healthy win­ter sea­son. Hopes are high for the Mules once again as they look to re­gain the mo­men­tum of last Fe­bru­ary when they won the OIA Red Ti­tle en route to an ap­pear­ance in the state Di­vi­sion I tour­na­ment.

Reyher re­cently took some time away from the prac­tice floor and her stud­ies to visit with Mid­Week’s Cen­tral Oahu Is­lan­der.

What is your ear­li­est sports-re­lated mem­ory? When I was in sec­ond grade and my mom made me go to a bas­ket­ball clinic. We did a drill where you had to close your eyes and drib­ble. A coach came up to me and told me he wanted me to come and play for him. I was scared of him be­cause he was so tall.

Who has had the big­gest im­pact on your life? My grandma (Margie Iguchi). She’s been through so much in her life­time. When she was 11, she was al­ready tak­ing care of her younger sib­lings. She’s prob­a­bly the great­est per­son I’ve ever known. She taught me how to over­come ad­ver­sity to try al­ways to be a good per­son.

What area of your game did you fo­cus on the most this off-sea­son? Prob­a­bly my shoot­ing be­cause I’m not very good at it. But I think I’ve got­ten a lit­tle bet­ter.

Who among your team­mates plays the tough­est de­fense at prac­tice? I don’t know; there are a lot. Coach (El­roy Dum­lao) al­ways stresses de­fense.

When you surf the In­ter­net, what web­site do you go to the most? I don’t use a lot of so­cial net­works, but I do go on In­sta­gram.

What movie pic­ture could you watch over and over? Def­i­nitely, (my fa­vorite is) Mu­lan. It was my fa­vorite when I was grow­ing up.

What item could you not live with­out? My phone. I play games, Pet Res­cue and Magic Pi­ano, and I text and I talk.

Who is your fa­vorite mu­si­cal artist? I lis­ten to a lot of dif­fer­ent kinds of mu­sic — R & B, hiphop, lo­cal mu­sic, al­ter­na­tive mu­sic and coun­try. I lis­ten to ev­ery­thing.

Where do you see your­self in 10 years? I keep chang­ing my mind. At first, I wanted to be an or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon. Right now, it’s nurs­ing.

If you were plan­ning a trip, what would be your dream desti­na­tion? There are a lot of places I’d like to go. I’d kind of like to go to New Zealand. It looks re­ally nice there.

You’re stuck on Ka­hoolawe and can have just one food. What would it be? Spam musubi. I just had some, that’s why.

Given the chance, what celebrity would you most like to meet? (Ac­tress) Keisha Cas­tle- Hughes from Whale Rider.

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