Gandy of SHS set for transition to ICC

Tabreea Gandy stands with her family and coach Kristie Williams
Staff Writer

Transition shouldn't be a problem for Tabreea Gandy at Itawamba Community College.

That should be true on and off the court.

Gandy, a senior guard for the Lady Yellowjackets, plans to fit right in with the Lady Indians uptempo style.

"It's a good fit for me," Gandy said. "I loved everything when I went to visit them. it just fit me."

Gandy celebrated her signing with family, coaches and classmates on Wednesday afternoon at the SHS library.

As one of the leaders at guard, Gandy keeps the Lady Jackets moving up and down the floor.

SHS girls basketball coach Kristie Williams said Gandy can keep that going at ICC.

"They like to get up and down the floor and coach (Nanci) Gray prides herself on defense and making sure her players are working hard on both ends of the floor," Williams said. "That's what Tabreea is going to bring. She is a workhorse and she is going to give her best every time she's out there."

Gandy is having a good senior year so far with the Lady Jackets. She is averaging 13.7 points, four rebounds, two steals and 2.5 assists per game.

Even with quality statistics, Gandy knows there are some areas that must improve.

"I need to shoot the ball better, work on my defense and rebound a little better," Gandy said.

Gandy wants to get better so she can help lead Starkville back to the state tournament and defend its Class 6A State championship.

In order to get there, Gandy said the Lady Jackets most "stay together and trust each other."

Williams is proud any time one of her players gets an opportunity to perform their skills at the next level.

After watching her development over the last three years, Williams believes more success is in the future for Gandy.

"Tabreea Gandy has been working extremely hard," Williams said. "She moved up after her ninth grade season and she has been headstrong for us ever since. It's been a blessing for her because she has worked extremely hard to get herself to this point and I know coach Gray is going to continue to polish up on those skills that she already has and I know she is going to do great things over at ICC."