Shannel Shivers, Aberdeen, basketball

Q&A --

January 21, 2007|By BILL FREE

Aberdeen's Shannel Shivers, a 5-foot-11 senior, is leading an early turnaround of the program from 5-16 last season to 5-4 this season. The Eagles are 4-1 in the Chesapeake Conference of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference under coach Mike Blizzard, who is in his first season at the school. Shivers had 15 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and four steals in a win last week over Bel Air. A three-sport standout, Shivers also plays volleyball and runs track. She is averaging 13.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks, in addition to having a 3.8 grade point average.

What's been the main reason for the recent four-game winning streak after a slow start?

We had less discipline last season, and we had to get used to the new kind of discipline [under Blizzard]. Now we're really coming together.

How does it feel to be such a key player in so many phases of the game?

I have a lot of responsibility. I have a lot of pressure sometimes, mostly in scoring. I have to make sure I get my points and still be a team player. I look mostly for the open player. I know who can do what on the court.

What do you like to do most on the court?

I love to rebound. I just like going up and ripping the ball down with some girl on my back. I had 17 Tuesday night in our victory [over Joppatowne].

Have you ever played better than you did last week against Bel Air?

I think I can always do better. So, I probably have had better games, but this was important because it came against Bel Air, our big rival.

What part of your game do you most want to improve?

I would say my shooting out on the perimeter, while still being a threat baseline-to-baseline. I score mostly in the paint now with put-backs and posting up.

How much better can your Aberdeen team get?

We still can get so much better. We just have to keep our heads focused on the game. The intensity is there. It might drop off some, but we can always pick it up. We have to keep that mentality that we have to keep on playing hard and play as a team. And we have to box out the shooter and on rebounds.

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