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Junior a Jill of all trades for Lady Mustangs

Grapevine junior small forward Tatum Tellin was a first team all-district selection last season.
Grapevine junior small forward Tatum Tellin was a first team all-district selection last season. Courtesy Photo

The Grapevine girls basketball team had an exceptionally strong season this year, and junior small forward Tatum Tellin certainly did her part.

The first team all-district selection helped the Lady Mustangs to a district championship and regional quarterfinals appearance in the winter, and coach Lindy Lombard said that Tellin does a lot for the team.

“Tatum brings it all,” Lombard said. “She is the most complete player I have ever coached. She can play any position on offense, and she can guard any position on defense. She is a tremendous teammate, leader (captain), and representative of Grapevine High School.”

Tellin said last season’s outcome wasn’t at all a certainty from the beginning.

“Beginning last season, I think everyone was a little nervous with having basically a new varsity team after losing eight seniors,” Tellin said. “Although the heart and fight with a ‘new team’ showed that Grapevine girls basketball was creating a name for ourselves.”

The Lady Mustangs did just that, defeating Saginaw Chisholm Trail and Burleson Centennial to reach the third round of the playoffs, and Tellin said to have another good run into the postseason in 2017, the main thing Grapevine will have to do is believe.

“For Grapevine to have another strong season, I think what we need most is for everyone to buy in,” Tellin said. “The best teams win because they are all-around a better team then their opponent. If we can get everyone to give what they do best, I think we have the ability to be unstoppable.”

Tellin is heavily involved at Grapevine as a member of the leadership class that handles all school events, the National Honor society, the secretary of Interact Club (a leadership club), a member of the American Sign Language club and a member of Grapenuts, which is a school spirit squad.

Lombard said Tellin’s role will change a bit on next year’s team, and said she has a few things she wants her senior forward to work on in the offseason.

“Tatum is working on her ability to score from multiple positions on the floor this summer,” Lombard said. “As a sophomore and junior, she found most of her scoring opportunities in the post. We will have six or seven kids who can play inside next year, so Tatum will need to find more shots from the guard position. I want her to take at least 10 to 15 shots a game.”