Sophomore Garvin is already a leader for Bodine

Posted: February 11, 2014

It was pretty early on that Bodine's Tiana Garvin began playing basketball with the older girls.

Four years younger than her twin sisters, Taneka and Shaneka, Garvin grew up competing in higher age groups.

They were hard on her, Garvin said, fondly calling her siblings, "nice but bossy."

In particular, Garvin remembers her sisters motivating her to work on her handle as well as her ability to catch passes. Taneka and Shaneka threw hard, Garvin said, and they wouldn't let up just because their kid sister was on the receiving end.

She became a better basketball player because of it, and now Garvin, a sophomore guard, has become one of the biggest scoring threats in the Public League. She averages 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 steals a game.

"She has a natural instinct on how to get the ball to the basket - one of the strongest instincts I've seen in a long time," Bodine coach Michael Schieber said.

At 5-foot-10, Garvin's lanky frame enables her to be a force defensively, and her jumping ability helps her snag rebounds.

Bodine has been rolling through Class AAA of the Public League, often beating opponents by 20 points or more. Instead of keeping Garvin and the rest of the starters in late, Schieber puts his younger players in.

Sure, she would like to play a full contest, Garvin admits, but she also said that she likes that the younger players are getting more experience.

So far, it is hard to argue with the results.

Last year, Bodine finished the season just 4-7, but now the Ambassadors stand at 14-2 overall and 12-1 in league play.

"They are confident," Schieber said. "Our focus is staying hungry and doing whatever it takes to get there."

Both Garvin and Schieber pointed to an overtime win over Friere Charter as a turning point for the team.

"It did set the tone," Garvin said. "The win gave us more momentum and motivated us to continue to play hard the rest of the season."

Garvin and the Ambassadors hope to ride that momentum into the Public League playoffs, which begin Wednesday.


Girls' Basketball Top 10

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Records are through Saturday.

Previous rankings in parentheses.

Rk. Team Rec.

1. Neum.-Goretti (1) 19-0

2. Arch. Wood (2) 16-2

3. Shipley (3) 18-4

4. Bonner-Prend. (4) 17-5

5. Mt. St. Joseph (5) 20-2

6. Spring-Ford (6) 18-5

7. North Penn (NR) 19-3

8. C.B. West (7) 16-5

9. W.C. Rustin (8) 18-4

10. Card. O'Hara (10) 13-7

Also considered (listed alphabetically): Archbishop Carroll (13-6), Central Bucks South (17-5), Episcopal Academy (12-5), Garnet Valley (21-1), Methacton (16-6)

- Kate Harman

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