The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Sports

December 28, 2012

Relaxed Swart stepping up for Drummond girls

ENID, Okla. — Drummond’s Jennifer Swart has a simple secret for her emergence as a dominant scorer and rebounder (four double-doubles in her last five games).

Having fun.

“I’m not thinking about getting my points or my rebounds up,’’ said the 5-foot-113⁄4 Swart before a recent Lady Bulldog practice. “I’m just trying to have fun and help us win.’’

She’s done that during Drummond’s five-game winning streak in which she has averaged 14.2 points. Before that, Swart was averaging 8.3 points.

“At the beginning of the year, I felt pressure,’’ Swart said. “Being a senior (only one of two on the Drummond team) I felt I was supposed to be good and lead the team.

“I had too high expectations for myself and I was pushing myself really hard. I was pressing too much. I wasn’t settling down and enjoying the game like I am right now. It makes all the difference in the world.’’

The young Lady Bulldogs were 8-3 at the break, including a consolation championship at the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Prep Classic.

“Winning is the most fun thing about basketball,’’ Swart said. “We’re bonding as a team. I didn’t expect it this year since we’re a young team and we’re all learning. Team bonding makes it fun. On the court, we don’t have any problems with each other.’’

She learned the more relaxed she played, the more relaxed her teammates would be.

“You want to make your teammates better,’’ Swart said. “We all have been improving. It helps them to have some  confidence that when they are open, you give them the ball so they can make some good shots. Overall, it helps us grow and have confidence and play better. As long as I stay calm and keep them calm and settled down, we should play the way we should play.’’

First-year Drummond head coach Samuel Hill said Swart’s teammates are learning the team concept and helping get her the ball on the low post.

“A lot of it is just being aggressive and post up strong and don’t be afraid on offense,’’ Swart said. “I used to have a bad fear of offense. I wasn’t very strong at it. I’m just getting better at it this year. I’m letting the game come to me.’’

Swart didn’t have a game in double digits as a junior as Holly Woods and Jalyn Boedeker carried much of the offensive load last season.

Now, Swart is learning to take advantage of her height on the low post.

“That is definitely my spot on offense,’’ she said. “If they lob the ball over to me, I can usually get it in. I’m getting better with my low post moves. I can usually get around  my girl to get open for the shot. My height really helps me down there.’’

Positioning and playing smart are the keys to her rebounding.

“I’ve learned if you can block them out, you can get the rebound better,’’ Swart said.

However, Swart’s biggest asset is blocking shots.

“Not to be bragging or anything, I have always been good about timing, when to get in front of a shot,’’ she said. “When I was younger, I felt really good about it. Now that I’m older, it’s just my duty to block the shot.’’

Swart has shared leadership duties with Trista Armour.

“She is a really good leader,’’ Swart said. “She helped bring me up and pulling me into being a leader. She works great. I’m being more vocal this year, but I’ve always been more of a leader by example.’’

Swart’s triple double came in a 42-34 win over Medford in which she had 14 points.

 “That was just another game to me,’’ she said. “There were more opportunities for blocks and points.’’

Swart is setting higher goals for the second half of the season. She wants to score in the 20s and increase her rebounding numbers.

“Hopefully, I will have a few colleges looking at me,’’ said Swart, who is open to any school that will offer her a scholarship. “I would really like to play college basketball.’’

She credits her improvement to Hill.

“I didn’t know what to expect from him when he first came here,’’ Swart said, “but he is the best coach that I could have had for my senior year.’’

She plays the oboe, flute and piano in the school band and is in the Red Carpet Honor Band. She sings in the Future Farmers of America chorus and in the choir at First Nazarene Church.

She is interested in studying psychology or the arts in college.

“I’m involved in a lot of things, but it doesn’t take away from basketball,’’ she said.’’

Swart gets “pumped up’’ for games by listening to Christian music.

“That gives me a lot of positive energy,’’ she said.

But don’t look for her to be singing the national anthem before a game.

“I would be too nervous to do that,’’ she said with a smile.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • celebration picture.jpeg DBAT Gallegos headed to Connie Mack World Series

    DBAT Gallegos, who has been battling adversity all season (lost five players through injuries) took advantage of their opportunities in beating Metroplex rival Dallas Mustangs, 3-0 Sunday in the finals of the Connie South Plains Regional.
    The victory put the DBAT (34-7) into the Connie Mack World Series, which begins Friday at Farmington, N.M.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meadowlake retains Enid Ryder Cup

    Jay Betchan might have a statement a week before he tries to defend his Wheat Capital championship next week.
    Betchan completed a perfect 3-0 record for Meadowlake with a 6-and-4 win over John Petersen as the Municipal Course took the Enid Ryder Cup for the fourth straight year, 131⁄2-101⁄2 overall.
    The two teams split six singles matches Sunday at Oakwood in the final day of the three-day competition.

    July 27, 2014

  • Bruce Campbell mug use me Allie Reynolds belongs in Hall of Fame

    It was with a twinge of sadness watching the Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony on Sunday, knowing Oklahoma’s Allie Reynolds still is not in the Hall of Fame and there’s a good chance he won’t be in.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • DezPhoto.jpeg Bryant showing maurity as leader of Dallas receivers

    Dez Bryant is going into the final season of his rookie contract with the potential of a big pay day looming. And his answers on that topic sound more like a leader than the troubled rookie who didn’t pay his jewelry bills four years ago.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hall of Fame Photo.jeg Hall ceremony emotion for six inductees

    Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.
    Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats.
    Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Torre and La Russa were inducted into the baseball shrine Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gordon nails restart to win Brickyard 400

     With a fifth Brickyard 400 victory on the line Sunday, Jeff Gordon looked like the driver he was 20 years ago.
    Gordon nailed the final restart of the race — no given because restarts have been Gordon’s Achilles heel — to pass Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne with 17 laps remaining at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    July 27, 2014

  • Radio-TV for 7-28-14

    July 27, 2014

  • LeBron to wear No. 23 with Cavs

    July 27, 2014

  • Edwards leaving Roush team

    July 27, 2014

  • Nibali wins Tour de France

    July 27, 2014

Click here for NASCAR headlines
Sports Photos


Enid News & Eagle sports photos from the month of February 2014. Enjoy all the ENE photos with full access at http://enidnews.smugmug.com.