Harris overcame odds


Usually when a head coach throws around the phrase, “we’ve gone through a lot of adversity,” it is nothing more than an overused cliché.

But for Star City and senior Tyeshia Harris it couldn’t be truer.

“Tyeshia had a big load on her shoulders,” Star City head coach Becky Brown said. “She picked up the slack and led us to the final four (in the state tournament). It was a great accomplishment.”

Before the season started, there was some doubt as to whether or not Harris would even get to play after she suffered injuries due to a car wreck.

“She was in a car wreck last July,” Brown said. “Wasn’t sure if she could play her senior year.

“It is pretty amazing what she has able to go through and accomplish.”

Harris has been selected as the 2013 Southeast Arkansas Player of the Year in girls basketball for her outstanding performance during the regular season and postseason.

Star City finished as runner-up in the 4A South Region in Arkadelphia and lost in the semifinals at the 4A state tournament in Cave City.

Star City won the state championship in 2012 and Harris said because of that, there was a little bit of pressure on trying to have a repeat performance.

“Everybody was coming after Star City,” Harris said. “They pressured us more than anyone else.

“It was hard defending a state title. This meant the world to all of us.”

Harris credited the team’s success to Brown.

“She pushed us no matter what,” Harris said. “We went hard in the weight room and nobody had a spot. Everybody fought for a spot every day.”

Harris said Brown also made the team run track and scrimmage the boys team.

“She also pushed us in school and she had a great assistant who backed up her up,” Harris said. “That’s how we got so far.”

Harris led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring and in rebounding with 16 points and six rebounds per game.

“She was just a huge impact player for us as far as scoring goes,” Brown said.

In her career at Star City, Harris has been a regional champion, a state champion and finished undefeated in the conference three straight years.

Harris said one of the things she liked about Brown is the fact that she kept the drama off the basketball court.

“She hated drama,” Harris said. “Between those lines, it was drama free.”

Harris will sign with Arkansas Tech sometime this week to continue her basketball career. She is currently planning on majoring in accounting.

“She has earned it,” Brown said. “I think she has made a good choice. They have a winning team and have been champions.

“I think she is going to enjoy it. I’m proud of her for accomplishing that goal as well.”