Swearinger's winning attitude an inspiration for teammates
Friday, March 07, 2014 12:15 AM
Every athlete has to walk a fine line between confidence and arrogance.
Greenwood Eagle Tianna Swearinger stands on Greenwood High's basketball court before the team's last practice.
(Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
Greenwood High School guard Tianna Swearinger will quickly tell you, as will her teammates and coaches, she's not arrogant. But the junior, who will help lead Greenwood in tonight's Class AAAA state championship game, has shown her attitude a huge part of her team's success.
"She's not cocky, but she's very confident, and she passes that on to the others," said Eagles coach Susan Thompson, whose team plays Dutch
Fork in tonight's Class AAAA state championship game at Columbia's Colonial Life Arena. "Sometimes, some of the other players will do things or make decisions that aren't so good, and she's the one over there telling them, 'You can do it. I believe in you.' She passes that along to them and rubs off on them."
After Greenwood dispatched Irmo in the third round of this year's Class AAAA playoffs and clinched a meeting with Dorman - a team which eliminated Greenwood each of the past two years - in the Upper State finals, Swearinger was asked her thoughts on the matchup.
She never batted an eye.
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