Cash to continue basketball career at Cumberland
By Sparta Live | March 31, 2008 12:00 am
Just a few weeks ago, Brittany Cash thought that when her high school basketball career came to a close, she would be through with organized basketball, but over the past few weeks something changed.
After the 2007-08 Warriorette basketball season came to a close and Cash got away from the game for a couple of weeks, she realized it was something she wasn’t ready to give up. She had several teams interested in bringing her skills to their team and, after a visit to Cumberland University in Lebanon, Cash decided it was the place for her.
She talked about her decision to continue playing.
“At first, I didn’t think I wanted to try and play in college. Then after my season came to an end, I realized I wasn’t ready to give it up just yet. It was something I had been doing since I was a little girl. As soon as the season was over, I was already missing it.”
Cash, a three-year starter for the Warriorettes, has been playing basketball since she began playing training league. She was a star at BonDeCroft Elementary and then for White County Middle School playing the point guard spot most of the time. She took over a starting role at the two guard for the high school team midway through her sophomore year and stayed in the starting line-up at that spot for the remainder of her high school career.
During her senior season, Cash averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.0 assists per contest. She shot 40 percent from the field and 35 percent from three point range.
Warriorette coach, Bryan Haley, talked about his graduating senior.
“We’ll definitely miss Brittany. She is a very exciting, explosive player. Her quickness, ball handling and slashing ability will be hard to replace. She led our team in rebounding and was in the top two in assists and scoring. She was in the top two or three in every category. We will miss her presence. We will have to have someone else step up with that kind of playmaking ability.”
Cash will be moving back from the two guard to the point at Cumberland according to Coach Clint Mason.
“I think Brittany is going to be a really good point guard at our level (NAIA). The way she sees the floor and also with her speed and quickness, she should be able to create off the dribble. She shoots the three really well and most importantly, I think she is a good fit for our program. She’s an outstanding student-athlete. I think she’ll have four really good seasons for us. The one thing I really noticed when I watched film on her is she does a lot of things on the court. She sees the floor well. She’s very unselfish. She likes to draw charges. For a small guard, she likes to get in there and is not afraid at all.”
Cash talked about moving to the point.
“I’m a little nervous about it. I haven’t played the point since middle school. I didn’t like playing the two at first and then I loved it. So maybe, I will go back to liking playing point guard. I know I am going to have to work on my dribbling because it’s been a few years since I really handled the ball under pressure.”
Haley talked about the position move that his player will be making at the collegiate level.
“I think she will make a smooth transition to point guard. That actually may be a more natural position for her anyway. She likes to distribute the ball. She will be able to use her quickness and she sees the floor well. Sometimes, she is too unselfish.”
In addition to Cumberland, Cash was receiving interest from some other schools, but opted to make the commitment to Cumberland.
Cash said, “Martin Methodist was really interested in me. I am pretty sure they were going to offer. Some other schools like King College, Bethel and Lambuth had asked for film. I chose Cumberland because I thought it was a good opportunity. I really like the coach and the school. It’s a good location for me. It’s far enough away where I can be away from home, but close enough where I can be home pretty fast. I liked all the girls. Everyone was really nice.”
Mason talked about the opportunity for Cash at Cumberland.
“We return six players. Our returning point guard will be a senior and we are planning to move her to the two guard. That means our point guard spot is kind of open right now. We will probably sign one more in addition to Brittany, probably someone from the junior college ranks. There will definitely be an opportunity for her to get in and contribute.”
Cumberland’s women finished 14-18 this season. Their season came to an end in the quarterfinals of the Transouth Tournament to Union University.
Cash plans to be a nurse. After toying with the idea of becoming a radiologist, she has since decided to become an RN.
Emotions almost got the best of her when Cash began to talk about her time at WCHS.
“Playing basketball at White County High School was an amazing experience. I think the best part is just all the good times we had and the friendships I made. It makes me sad to know I won’t play with these girls or for WCHS anymore. We had such great fan support. It was always good to know that, even though this town is small, we always had a bunch of people watching us play whether it was at home or on the road.”
WCHS principal Barry Roberts talked about Cash.
“Not only are we proud of her athletic accomplishments, but also academically. She does a wonderful job. Brittany represents White County High School with the high standards we expect of our student athletes.”
Cash’s contribution to WCHS athletics has gone beyond the basketball court. She has also been a starter for the Warriorette volleyball team for the past two years and has joined the track team where she is the lead sprinter for the team.
Brittany Cash is another piece of the continuing tradition the Warriorette basketball program has of sending players onto the collegiate level. Cumberland University and WCHS have a long-standing relationship as far as student athletes go. Cash will continue that tradition as well.