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brianna tinsley STAB, SR.

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i think we are actually better there than on offense which .. is good.

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HER QUICKNESS, HER PESKINESS on defense are the staples of any guard that’s suited up for St. Anne’s-Belfield under coach Phil Stinnie’s tenure. Brianna Tinsley is as complex an athlete as you’ll find in Central Virginia. She’s lightning fast, she’s creative and she’s fearless. And while she took a big step forward offensively last year, with sharpshooter Ashley Taylor now at William and Mary, the pressure in that department is increased. If you thought Tinsley had a great stat line last year — 17.4 points per game, 5.2 assists, 3.9 steals and 3.7 rebounds — wait until you see her numbers this year as Stinnie may lean on her more, particularly from an offensive standpoint because this team is young. Really young. With just Tinsley, and Jayla Davis as the only seniors, STAB will need everything it can get from them as leaders. “With a lot of young girls we need to show more leadership,” Tinsley said. “I have to score and all that, but it’s also about helping all the younger players learn. When you’re young you don’t fully understand the game, you have to get through different stages. So it’s going to be about us maturing as a team, shaking some rust off a little bit.” Here’s the thing though, even though seven sophomores are on this team, talents like Jovia Winkey and Vanessa Woodfolk contributed in large ways as freshmen. “That was really surprising and was exciting to watch — it helped so much,” Tinsley said. “I know they’re going to contribute a lot this year so obviously we’re even more excited now.” So yes this team is young, but it is loaded with talent and the Saints were already off to a great start with Tinsley, who’s headed to play for the University of Virginia and Davis, who will suit up for Sacred Heart next year. STAB has always thrived on overall team speed, but this group might be as quick as any that Stinnie has put together. With Tinsley, the Saints have a premiere point guard who’s a scoring threat from anywhere on the floor and everybit as a good as a passer. Her defense is as good as it gets and she obviously flies up and down the floor on both ends. Having Davis is almost like having another Tinsley. Davis averaged 9.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 steals last year. Throw in another quick guard in Winkey, who averaged 7.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 steals and you’ve got a 3-headed monster of a backcourt, one that applies an insane amount of ball pressure. “We look really good on the defensive end,” Tinsley said. “I think we are actually better there

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