HOWELL’S COVE- TC Central’s Tiarrial Duncan is not much of a talker, but her game speaks volumes. The Lady Fighting Tigers standout had a stellar junior season and it didn’t go unnoticed as she was selected to play for the North team in for the 18th annual Alabama Director and Coaches Association All-Star week North-South All-Star game which is scheduled for July 21-25 in Montgomery.
“It was shocking,” Duncan said. “It is a great opportunity for someone from TC. We are a small school and you wouldn’t expect an accomplishment like this to happen here.”
Tiarrial Duncan is the first basketball player to play in North-South All-Star basketball in its 18-year existence.
“It is a huge accomplishment not only being the first girl, but the first person period considering it has been some amazing people to come through here and I am the first that has gotten his amazing accomplishment,” Duncan said.” I am very grateful for it. I hope I go out and represent my school, community and my family well.”
Duncan averaged 18 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks per game last season as TC Central finished with a 20-8 record. The combo guard said she wasn’t pleased with the type of season she had individually.
“I was pleased with my team wise season, but not my individual season,” Duncan said. ”I’ve had better seasons in the past, but what did improve this season is that we worked better as a team. We were getting different players involved and that is how we got better.”
TC Central head coach Robert Duncan said it is an honor to coach well-rounded student-athletes such as Tiarrial Duncan.
“I think it is an honor and privilege that Tiarrial will be able to play in the North-South All-Star game,” TC Central head coach Robert Duncan said. “When I look at it, basketball is only a part of it. I am grateful to see the kids grow up, move on and be productive citizens. I know Tiarrial is the one that name that you will see listed to play in the North-South All-Star game, but I would be remised not to mention the girls: Curteria Collins, Destini Garrett, along with Courtney Wills, Ta’Raven Swain and some underclassmen Savona Garrett, Crystal Garrett, Lisa Tuck and Tyra Gooden all have helped her get to this point and I am sure she is grateful for the work he put in as well. It also gives me great pleasure to coach a young lady of this magnitude, she has a good attitude, carries herself well in the classroom. She is in the Beta Club and she still has a 4.0 GPA, which I think says a lot. She has already gotten a 22 on the ACT. All those things play a part. She is a well-rounded individual not just a good athlete. I would also be remiss not to mention some of the coaches that have played an integral in her success. The assistant coaches that we have had over the years such as Acardia Garrett, Anette Duncan, James Wallace, former boys’ basketball coach Cornelius Brown as well as current head coach Reginald Jacobs have played an integral part one way or another.”
Several college scouts with be in attendance at the North-South game, but Tiarrial said she is going to be focused on playing her game.
“I am going to do what I normally do and work harder, because I don’t want to stress myself out and change my game,” Tiarrial Duncan said. “ I don’t want to get down there and be nervous when everyone is watching. I just want to go down there and be TI.”
McDonald’s All-American Shakayla Thomas led the North team to 84-36 victory last year. The former Sylacauga standout scored 13 of her game high 19 points in the second half. The North leads the girls’ series 15-2.