Cur­tis look­ing to strike the right chord with Lady Bob­cats

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

One of the most ver­sa­tile play­ers in Bartow County will trade in the royal blue and gold of Cass High School for the navy blue and sil­ver of Ge­or­gia North­west­ern next bas­ket­ball sea­son.

Stand­out player Lyric Cur­tis made it of­fi­cial af­ter sign­ing her let­ter of in­tent with head coach David Stephen­son and the Lady Bob­cats in cer­e­mony at Cass High on Thurs­day, May 31.

“This day means a lot,” Cur­tis said. “Bas­ket­ball is some­thing I’ve al­ways been used to do­ing, but this is def­i­nitely a bless­ing.”

Cur­tis helped the Lady Colonels to 36 to­tal wins in the past two sea­sons and a berth in the state tour­na­ment as a ju­nior.

As a se­nior, she was named to the Al­lTour­na­ment Team at the Chat­tooga Christ­mas Tour­na­ment, the Al­lBar­tow County team and was an hon­or­able men­tion All-Re­gion (7-AAAAA) selec­tion in a tough league that also in­cluded Car­roll­ton, Rome and Villa Rica, three teams that spent most of the sea­son ranked in the top 10 of the clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

She fin­ished her se­nior year av­er­ag­ing 8.4 points, 6.8 re­bounds and 2.7 as­sists per night.

“Lyric was our team cap­tain and per­haps our best and most ver­sa­tile all-around player,” Cass head coach Burt Jack­son said. “She’s hard-nosed, can han­dle the bas­ket­ball and can play any po­si­tion on the floor. When we asked her to guard the other team’s best post player, she was phys­i­cal and tough enough to do it. She can hit the three, can drive to the bas­ket and loves the pass the ball. She’s also a great de­fender.

“She is just a great team­mate and a great leader. The other girls looked up to her and she al­ways brought it ev­ery day in prac­tice.”

Cur­tis said her best on-court qual­ity is her un­selfish­ness.

“I like the share the ball,” she said. “I also think I have a good bas­ket­ball men­tal­ity. It’s not just about me scor­ing. I like to share the ball and help out so oth­ers can get a chance to score as well. I’ll bring a lot of knowl­edge, but I also feel like I can still learn a lot too.”

Stephen­son said Cur­tis could end up be­ing “one of the big­gest steals” he’s re­cruited for the Lady Bob­cats since tak­ing over the women’s pro­gram sev­eral years back.

“She can play the three, the four and she can put the ball on the floor,” he ex­plained. “She’s very ath­letic, she can shoot and she’s smart with a 3.4 GPA. I’ve heard noth­ing but good things about her from Coach Jack­son and I’m look­ing for huge things from her.”

Jack­son said Cur­tis’ con­fi­dence and fear­less­ness, es­pe­cially late in games, were two more solid at­tributes of her game.

“What sep­a­rates her from a lot of peo­ple is that she’s not afraid to take the shot when the game is on the line,” he added. “A lot of the suc­cess we’ve had in the last two years I would have at­tribute to her and just her al­laround tough­ness and ver­sa­til­ity. Ob­vi­ously, we’re go­ing to miss her.”

Cur­tis plans to study nurs­ing.

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