Inside presence

HAMBLETON?- Savannah Ambrose lurks in the middle of the paint waiting to swat away potential points against the Tucker County Mountain Lions.

Standing at 6-foot-1-inches, Ambrose has more than 50 blocked shots this season. Last year, she finished with more than 100 blocks. She is also averaging five points per game this season.

“She’s a great team player,” Tucker County coach Jim Ambrose said of his daughter. “She’s a very consistent, strong defender. She’s rarely out of position and that helps her block a lot of shots. Even if she doesn’t block the shot, she alters the shot. When you have a player like that, it makes you that much better as a team.”

According to the coach, Savannah Ambrose is a key piece in the team’s game plan. She is relied upon to provide blocked shots and rebounds on defense and assists and inside scoring on offense.

“She’s really worked on her defense,” he said. “She’s getting better at playing with her back to the basket. She’s been playing aggressive and going after the ball. She’s also passes extremely well for a center. She’s got a lot of assists. She’s very unselfish.”

While playing top-notch basketball, the senior center is also very team oriented. She is always rooting for her teammates and providing moral support, coach Ambrose said.

“If she’s not in there, she’s cheering for whoever is,” Ambrose said. “She’s a great kid to coach. She loves her team and wants to win. She’s having a great season and I’m happy for her.”

Coach Ambrose says she epitomizes the philosophy of Lady Mountain Lion basketball.

“She’s pretty much what Tucker County girls basketball is all about – hard work, determination, and team first,” coach Ambrose said. “I’m very proud of where she is now and what she’s done the past couple of years. She’s a great Lady Mountain Lion.”

Tucker County, which is ranked sixth in this week’s AP basketball poll, was scheduled to visit No. 4 Pocahontas County earlier this week for a Class A showdown. That game was postponed due to the weather. The Mountain Lions are now slated to travel to Southern, Md., at 7:30 p.m. Friday.