Lee’s size not an issue on courtPublished 9:51am Monday, January 27, 2014
Brandywine girls basketball player Tammy Lee is at a disadvantage during a game.
Standing at only 5-foot, she’s usually competing against a much taller opponents.
However, opponents have learned not to underestimate Lee, who scored 18 points, had five steals and grabbed three rebounds in Brandywine’s 62-53 overtime win over Edwardsburg on Tuesday.
“I just penetrate and if I’ve got a wide open lane I take it to the hole or pass it out,” said Lee about her offensive philosophy.
“I’ve had to get used to scoring over bigger people since I’m so little.”
Lee, who transferred from Cassopolis High School last year, is playing point guard this year after being a shooting guard last season.
“Last year when she came in we had Mackenzie (Shelton) at point guard, who was already a three-year starter for us at point guard. Tammy didn’t have a lot of pressure on her when she came in. We got to ease her in as a 2-guard where she had not played before,” said Coach Josh Hood. “As games moved on (last year) we moved her to point. That helped her a lot with her confidence. This year she’s been phenomenal. She led us in all facets of the game against Edwardsburg.”
Lee averaged seven points a game last year in helping Brandywine finish 24-1 and advance to the Class C state quarterfinals.
Lee is averaging eight points a game this year for the 4th-ranked and 11-1 Bobcats.
“She does the little stuff for us,” Hood said. “She led us tonight (against Edwardsburg) with four or five assists and five or six steals. That’s what people don’t realize. She’s not a selfish player, but when the opportunity is there she will score points for us.”
Lee scored 10 of her points against Edwardsburg in the pressure packed minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime. Lee’s steal and lay-up gave the Bobcats a 47-39 lead with 4:52 left in the regulation. It would be the final points in regulation for Brandywine as Edwardsburg finished the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to send the game into overtime.