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Farragut’s Lady Scot 4
Munday a tourney MVP as Maryville College hoop freshman; Dalton main perimeter threat, rookies learning


Natalie Munday is the “center” of attention, Summer Dalton keeps in touch from the perimeter and freshmen Rachel Draper and Haley Williams are waiting in the wings — literally. That’s your Farragut Lady Scot 4, each a Farragut High School graduate working together this summer in preparation for the 2006-07 Maryville College Women’s Basketball season.

It all starts with Munday, a 6-foot rising sophomore post/small forward who shook off a slow start during her freshman year to tie for the team lead in points per game (11) while earning Great South Atlantic Conference MVP honors in helping lead MC to a perfect conference record (14-0).

The 23-7 Lady Scots reached the second-round of NCAA Division III tourney play after Munday’s 28-point effort in round one helped dispose of Oglethorpe University 93-61.

How good is Munday?

“I think the sky’s the limit for her the next three years as for what she can do for Maryville College,” Lady Scots head coach Dee Bell said. “She is going to be the focal point of our team. I hope she’s ready to handle that. I think she’s good enough to have one of those type careers where she’s a seven-, eight-hundred rebound type kid, and sixteen-, seventeen-hundred point scorer.”

As a sophomore, “give us fifteen points a game, seven or eight rebounds,” Bell said of his goal for Munday in 2006-07.

Able to play the 5-post, Munday is mainly a power forward/small forward. “I think the big thing is her versatility, she can shoot the three, she can take people off the dribble, she can post up,” Bell said. “She’s a physically strong kid. And she’s easy to coach. So when you wrap that all together, it makes a pretty good package as a player. And I think she wants to be a pretty good player as well.”

Having surgery to repair ankle ligaments in April, Munday should be ready to run “by the end of August, and I can play again in September,” she said.

Munday was only 17 when the 2005-06 season began. “It took her a little while to adjust to the pressure and, I guess, the intensity of college basketball,” Bell said. “But once she figured it out, she was as good as anybody we saw all year.”

Munday said, “Coming up here was a bit of an adjustment, getting used to playing with different people and a different system and the pace of the game. But as the year went on I got more comfortable.”

As for the FHS connection, “I like all those girls at Farragut, and I’m really glad that they’re here,” Munday said. “Since they’ve come up here this summer, just seeing Rachel and Haley at first was kinda weird, I haven’t seen them for a year. I think its cool, it’s unique.”

DALTON

The elder statesman among the FHS Lady Scot 4, 21-year-old Dalton is a rising senior wing who led MC in three-point field goals made last season while averaging 8.5 points per game.

However, “I could’ve done better by shooting more,” she said, adding that coach Bell has been after her to shoot more. “I’ve been working on it.”

“That is very true,” Bell said. “A lot of that deals with trying to develop chemistry between Natalie and Summer, especially those two, they figure to play a lot of minutes together on the floor. Summer can really shoot it. I think she’s the type of kid that she needs a volume of shots to shoot it well.”

Improving her technique during the summer according to Bell, “Hopefully we can get her to average ten or twelve points a game, so her and Natalie will be a nice combination together.”

A foot injury slowed Dalton late in the 2005-06 season.

Labeling herself “The First Farragut One,” Dalton said having four ex-FHS players means “we already have chemistry, I think it will help the team.”

In addition to Munday and Williams, Draper said she and Dalton “got to know each other pretty well” on the 2002-03 FHS team, though she was a freshman and Dalton a senior.

The trend continues in college. “She’s letting me know how things go,” Draper said. “She’s one of the starters, she’ll be playing a lot, so she’ll be breaking us in.”

Transferring from Charleston Southern University midway during the 2004-05 school year, “I just didn’t like the school and I wanted to be close to home,” Dalton said.

As for why she chose MC, “Academically it’s a great school,” Dalton said. “And I really like coach Bell, he’s a good coach.”

DRAPER

Draper, a 19-year-old wing, has been part of voluntary workouts and scrimmages since April. “It’s fun, it’s a lot different from high school, it’s a lot quicker, it’s a lot quicker-paced, all the girls are so much stronger, more aggressive,” she said. “Their games are so much more elevated than the high school game.”

Winning post-season tourney honors while joining Williams to help lead FHS to its first-ever region championship and TSSAA sectional appearance last season, Draper admitted she’s “having trouble working into it right now, but hopefully I’ll get there.”

WILLIAMS

Basketball and “a really good” pre-med program is what Williams, an 18-year-old wing, said led her to MC.

Williams said coach Bell “is so easy to connect with, he seems to understand girls …,” The MC freshman wing said having three other former FHS grads on the same team “is a really big deal, we’re all friends off the court. … It’s so easy for us to play together, it’s like a habit almost.”

 

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