|Nash reaches goal in basketball, now comes shot put|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Feb. 3, 2006 - Bridgette Nash floated out past the 3-point arc early this season against Terrell and nailed a 3-pointer. But, that won't be the longest shot she will make this year.
Nash, a senior center at Sulphur Springs, will wrap up her final year of basketball with games against Mount Pleasant tonight and against Greenville on Tuesday. As soon as roundball ends, though, she goes straight to track workouts.
It's in the shot put ring where Nash will make her longest shots.
A state alternate last spring after placing third at the regional meet, Nash has her sights set on Austin and throwing more than 43 feet.
If she works toward that as she did toward her goal in basketball, then she should make it to the state capitol.
"I wanted to be a more dominant player in basketball - that was pretty much my goal this year, and I think I pretty much succeeded in that goal," Nash said. "I've gotten better. I've gone from being a low scorer to scoring in double digits most games. Basketball helped me to stay focused and gave me motivation to come to school every day."
Nash is the team's leading scorer at 12.5 points per game and rebounder with 8.8 per game. She also has come up with 2.1 steals per contest.
She has been the leading scorer in 15 of the team's 28 games, and has scored in double figures 19 times including a high of 23 points against Royse City and Texas High. She has 11 double-doubles as a senior.
"Bridgette is the one player on the team that has the ability to be dominate at this point in their careers," said SSHS head coach Tina Carrillo. "We've seen that dominance in several games this year. When she's focused and ready to play, she shines like a star.
"She's got a real live jump shot, she's got good feet, she can get up off the floor - she's very athletic. This year, I've seen some games where she was unstoppable."
The Lady Cats need her production. In the eight games this season she has scored in single digits, Sulphur Springs is 0-8. Only one of those games has been at home, where Nash usually plays well.
"Bridgette is a Friday night player. When the lights come on, she's ready to play usually," said Carrillo. "She likes to perform in her own gym - that means the world to Bridgette. She's probably the biggest recruiter on the team as far as fans."
Part of that reason is because of her big smile and "bubbly personality," Carrillo said.
"It's easy to like Bridgette because she is so outgoing," the coach explained.
She's participated in FCCLA, varsity track and basketball for three years, and spends her spare time watching movies, especially comedies.
After high school, Nash is planning on enlisting with either the Air Force or the Navy so she can take advantage of the education bill and to "experience that kind of life."