Stephens basketball teammates move past high school rivalry

Saturday, December 11, 2010 | 6:47 p.m. CST; updated 7:02 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 11, 2010
Andie Young, left, a redshirt senior on the Stephens College basketball team, coaches freshman guards Rebecca Brannon (42) and Brittany Tutt (22) during their game against Westminster College on Saturday. Young and Tutt played against each other in high school. Stephens fell to Westminister 61-52.

COLUMBIA — Once rivals, Andie Young and Brittany Tutt are now teammates. 

The Stephens College women's basketball players competed against each other in high school, but as members of the Stars, they say they appreciate each other's contributions. 

Young was a senior at Bosworth when Tutt was a freshman at Ludlow-Southwest. Young, a senior for the Stars, said she remembers what her teammates would say when preparing to play against Tutt.

"She was one that, when you're getting ready to play a game, it was, 'You gotta watch for Brittany,'" Young said.

After committing to Stephens, Tutt contacted Young for help becoming more familiar with the program.

"Since I've been through it, I try to help her as much as I can. She's really stepped into it well," Young said. 

Tutt has started 10 of the Stars' 11 games as a freshman, including Saturday's 61-52 loss to visiting Westminster.

In the Stars' last practice, coach Bill Bixon told his team it must compete for 40 minutes. Despite the loss, Bixon said he thought his players accomplished that.

"In the two games earlier this week, there were some girls on the floor who weren't competing hard, so we challenged them," Bixon said. 

The Stars held the momentum in the first half and entered halftime with a four-point lead. But the momentum shifted to Westminster (5-3) at the end of the second half.

"You could tell that their pressure had finally gotten to us and really wore us down," Bixon said.

Sophomore Danielle Caldwell lead the Stars (3-8) with 12 points and three assists. Junior Megan Sheffield scored 11.

The Stars play next at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at Hannibal La-Grange.

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