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home : sports : local sports May 25, 2016

1/23/2013 8:51:00 AM
Fantastic Freshman
Moates excells for Lady Eagles

Jacob Lethco
Staff Writer

GREENWOOD, SC – If one were to talk to local Greenwood High School football historians, Robert Moates’ name would be mentioned as one of the most talented players in program history. Moates, a 1990 Shrine Bowl selection, now has his daughter, Tmbre, blazing her own path as a Greenwood High School athlete.

Starting every game for the 14-1 Lady Eagles’ basketball team, Moates has been integral in their early success.

“I know that he (Robert) was considered one of the top guys when he played here, everyone talks about how good he was,” Moates said. “Hearing that just motivates me, makes me want to be better than him.”

The freshman forward’s play this season has even made Greenwood Head Coach Susan Thompson change her approach to coaching.

“Tmbre (Moates) is the first freshman I’ve had that I can remember starting right away,” Thompson said. “I’ve had a lot of girls come off the bench and play well, but never start right away because I’ve always thought it’s too much pressure for someone as a freshman. But Tmbre has stepped in and done a great job for us.”

According to Moates, her size and athleticism make her a tough matchup for opposing teams.

“I think my strength is that I’m bigger than most girls,” Moates said. “I’m able to play down low but also go outside if I need to.”

What makes Moates special, though, is how well-rounded she is as an individual, not just as an athlete.

“She (Moates) is the complete package,” Thompson said. “She has obviously had a lot of success on the court, but she also gets it done in the classroom. She is a great person to be around too, she’s just the complete package.”

As the Lady Eagles currently boast an 8-1 Region I-4A record, they have hopes of making a deep playoff run. That could be a lot of pressure for a freshman that has never competed at such a high level, but, when facing that pressure, Moates remembers advice that her father gives her routinely.

“He (Moates) just tells me to not worry about the negative stuff,” Moates said. “Just let it go in one ear and out the other. Just worry about playing my game, and not letting anything else distract me.”

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: True Ballers BA (SC)

Great Job, Tmber! Well deserved. I remember watching you at the Y..AAU, all the drills with Mom & Greg! I've always believed that, when put in proper perspective, preparing for sports excellence also prepares you for success in all areas of life. you have so many positive role models and YOU are so positive - the only limitations you'll have will be one's you place on yourself. I know that won't happen, so "here's to your current and future success!"

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Calandra Riley

Great Job Tmbre!!!!!! You are growing up to be a wonderful young lady. Keep up the excellent work!!!

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: JASMEN WILLIAMS


Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: Angie Copeland

I had the privilege to teach Tembre last year at Brewer Middle School. She is one of the most well rounded individuals I have ever met. She worked so hard for me in the classroom and met every challenge with enthusiasm and success. Hats off to all the adults in her life who have helped guide her in such a positive direction. This is one young lady who will be a success at whatever she chooses to be in life, and I was privileged to get to know her!!! Way to go Tembre, you rock!!!!

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: DEANNA SCOTT

Good job!!! Keep up the good work!!! Being smart and with the talent that you have will carry you a long way. May God continue to bless you and your family!!!

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