OCH Regional Medical Center Athlete of the Week: Brown

Mari-Todd Brown
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ROBBIE FAULK
Staff Writer

Under coach Michael Seger, the East Webster Lady Wolverines have and always will be defensive-oriented.

Often times this year, the team has looked to senior Mari-Todd Brown to provide a boost offensively to go along with that defensive pressure. Last week, she obliged.

Brown fired up seven 3-point field goals in a 23-point night to help East Webster end its regular season on a strong note in a 86-24 win over French Camp Academy.

“I hit one in the beginning and just felt good after that,” Brown said. “I feel like if I hit one or two at the beginning of the game, I feel better and better.”

Todd, who is averaging around 10 point a game for the Lady Wolverines, has always had the potential to go off on any single night. Last week’s performance proved that with a 7-for-12 shooting night from long distance.
“We couldn’t get it to her quick enough,” Seger said. “I’m happy for her to have success because she’s such a great teammate and a hard worker. She is putting more time in than any girl that I’ve ever coached. I’m glad to see her extra effort pay off here at the end.”

Brown noted that her teammates are working just as hard.

East Webster's 86 points might have been a surprise had Seger and Brown seen that score coming down the line at the beginning of the season. As the season has worn on, though, the Lady Wolverines have grown from a defensive basketball team to well-rounded.

Brown is no longer relied on as heavily, but she’d gladly take more nights like she had against French Camp in the coming weeks.  

“I feel like I could make more shots, but we’re playing good as a team together,” Brown said. “We have come a long way. We used to rely so heavily on our press, but now being able to set up our offense and score it just boosted our confidence.”

Thursday marks the start of Brown and Seger’s final postseason wearing the maroon and white. East Webster is set to take on Winona in the semifinals of the Class 2A, Region Tournament in Cumberland.

After experiencing a trip to Jackson a year ago, Brown wants nothing more than to get another swing at that Class 2A State championship. She believes her team is completely capable of doing so.

“I want to go so bad and I know that we can make it if we try,” Brown said. “Winning district will make it so much easier for us.”

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