Tecumseh’s Tawny Billy: Basketball Spotlight Presented By Eskridge Honda

Tecumseh High School varsity basketball player, Tawny Billy, started playing basketball in middle school. Now a junior, Billy is an important part of the high school team under head coach Eldon Gentry.

“I began playing basketball when I was in the seventh grade. I’ve played every spot 1-5 before, but I’m mostly stationed at the four,” said Billy. “What I like most about this position is that I can play both inside and out. Growing up I played softball before anything, it wasn’t until two summers ago I finally decided to put down my glove and focus strictly on basketball.”

On of off the court, Billy loves being with her teammates.

“The thing I love most about my team is that they’re all good teammates on and off the court. Whether it’s picking me up on the court or at my house, I know I can always count on my team to have my back,” said Billy.

A naturally competitive person, Billy takes the same approach to her studies.

“I have a great understanding of how important my academics are especially if I want to play at the next level. I do my best to take care of business in the classroom as I do on the court. After graduating I’d like nothing more than to continue playing the game I love at any school that will have me,” said Billy.

Billy has experienced the challenge of losing someone close in her life. That loss drives her to play hard and leave everything on the court night after night.

“I had a brother figure that passed away last April and he has been the biggest influence in my life since. I want to represent him in everything that I do. I play for God but I also play for Ed,” Billy said.

This season, Tecumseh is looking to get hot late in the season and make a run into post season play.

“I believe that we’re capable of playing with anybody, the only one stopping us is ourselves. Right now we are still a pretty young team but we grow every single day. When our girls step on the court we play with heart. This season you can expect us to put on a show and do what we can to take care of business,” Billy said.

Free time doesn’t happen often, but when it does you can usually find Billy watching basketball.

“I barely have free time anymore but between the grind of school and basketball, my favorite thing to do is watch basketball. Whether it’s my team or other teams across the country, boys and girls. I know that there’s always something new and exciting to learn.”