Lady Vols' coaches taking the 'direct' route with point guards

Warlick: 'Direct' method is paying off

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Tennessee guards Andraya Carter, front, and Meighan Simmons during practice at Pratt Pavilion last Tuesday.

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ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee guards Andraya Carter, front, and Meighan Simmons during practice at Pratt Pavilion last Tuesday.

Holly Warlick and her staff have made an extra investment in Tennessee’s point guards. Official practice is in its second week and the Lady Vols women’s basketball coach already is seeing some dividends.

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johnlg00 writes:

Given that inconsistent PG play was a major contributor to the LVs' tourney flame-out, as shown by Ariel's eminently forgettable stat line, it to be devoutly hoped that leadership from that position will improve considerably. I will take it as a good sign that the issue is being dealt with openly. The LVs would seem to have three strong candidates for perhaps the most important role on the floor, but it would be much to their advantage if one proves to be decisively better than the others. The ball is in your court, Ariel!

DroopyDrawers writes:

Carter is the point guard. Ariel will move over to support Simmons when she is tired or not playing good.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to DroopyDrawers:

Carter is the point guard. Ariel will move over to support Simmons when she is tired or not playing good.

I could live with that if that is what the coaches decide to do. However, that would be a major demotion for Ariel, IMHO, because her minutes would drop drastically.

The LVs need Meighan on the floor as much as possible. Even though she can sometimes shoot the team out of games if she isn't restrained or substituted for, nobody else they have can MAKE as many in a row as she can when she's on. I would also rate her as a better defensive player than Ariel has been to this point in her career.

Another key question might be how Ariel would react to such a move. She has been playing on USA Basketball international teams since she was in high school. Even though she would have to know that her play for the LVs has been at best inconsistent, she would probably consider it a major come-down to lose a starting job. With only 10 scholarship players on the squad, if she were to sulk over a diminished role, that could be a problem on the bench and in the locker room.

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