VALHALLA, N.Y. – Valhalla's Tamara Tribble was the sixth player in her first two years on the Springfield College women’s basketball team, providing a spark off the bench.
The junior starting power forward now provides the team with her energy from the opening tap. And she's having a solid season, averaging 7.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Tribble came into the season with a new mindset.
“I prepared for this season both mentally and physically, but I focused more mentally,” said Tribble, a Youth Development major. “My first two years, I was afraid that I was going to make a mistake. I came in wanting to be more confident and to also be a scorer my team can depend on.”
Even though the team graduated a large group of seniors, Tribble did not automatically think she would start. During her summer break, she played summer-league ball and also had excellent practice partners, her father and her younger brother Terrence. Terrence Tribble is a senior and one of Valhalla’s elite basketball players.
Playing against her father and brother was an excellent workout. Tribble laughed when she said that her father and brother don’t allow her to get away with anything, which results in excellent one-on-one Tribble games.
Prior to the season, Tribble received an honor when she was named a captain by her teammates.
“This has made me work even harder, focusing on getting the little things done,” said Tribble, who has a double minor in Sociology and Education. “Being a captain made me realize I had to step up.”
Tribble came to the forefront in a recent win over Wheaton. The score was tied at 38-38 when Tribble grabbed an offensive rebound, laid it in and was fouled with 21 seconds remaining. She made the free throw to give her team a 41-39 win and finished with a game-high 15 points.
“The whole game was intense, going back and forth,” Tribble said. “I was in the right place at the right time and I was happy to see my shot go in.”