In the four years that post player Marquietta Sergeant has been with the Pine Bluff Fillies she has always been a very physical player underneath the basket. Because of this, she was constantly in foul trouble.
But her physicality and her toughness may prove invaluable at the college level.
“I could really see her blossoming at the college level,” Pine Bluff head coach Loy Moore said. “She has got the body for a college basketball player. She is really a physical player and that has got her into trouble in high school.
“But at the college level, they are going to let her play.”
Sergeant signed with Mid-South Community College on Wednesday at McFadden Gymnasium.
“Being physical in the post is definitely a plus,” Mid-South head coach Kim Turner said. “I love when they can hang in there with the older player. It helps her when we are trying to rebound and get the ball back.
“Definitely a bonus in the post, but hopefully she can become a versatile player.”
Seargeant averaged seven points, six rebounds and two blocks per game.
“She has a chance to be really good defensively,” Moore said. “She is one of the better post players that we have had in many years.
“But she just has to develop a little bit more consistency in her offense.”
Pine Bluff finished second in the 7A/6A South conference this year after losing to Benton in the final regular season game. After defeating Jonesboro 66-62 in overtime in the first round of the state tournament, the Fillies lost to Mountain Home in the quarterfinals.
“My time at Pine Bluff has taught me a lot of life lessons,” Sergeant said. “All these females with different attitudes – it has taught me how to respect other people’s opinions.
“It has been a great experience.”
Sergeant became a part-time starter her junior year at Pine Bluff and then transitioned into a full-time starter her senior year.
“We will have her in the 4-spot, rotating her with our other post player,” Turner said. “She is just a freshman, but hopefully she will gain a lot of experience.
“That way, she can really make an impact her sophomore year, so she can move on to a four-year school.”
Seargeant said she is thankful for the opportunity.
“It just shows that hard work does pay off,” Sergeant said. “I’m thankful to have a lot of supporters in my family, friends and coaches. They helped me get to here.”