Elle Bevis and her Legend High School teammates understand the value of working together as a team. To Bevis, their off-court chemistry is the key to the team's success. As the Legend girls …
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Elle Bevis and her Legend High School teammates understand the value of working together as a team. To Bevis, their off-court chemistry is the key to the team's success.
As the Legend girls basketball team gears up for league play and a daunting gauntlet of talented teams, Bevis, a senior, believes her team is capable of matching up against anyone, so long as they stay true to who they are.
“We just need to make sure that as long as we do what we're good at, the rest will take care of itself,” Bevis said. “When you're good off the court, it helps on the court because when you get on each other and stuff, you know it's for the best.”
Bevis, at 5 feet 10 inches, leads the Titans on the court with 12.8 points and nearly three steals per game. Though Bevis is described by her coach as an all-around offensive player, Bevis prefers defense — the Titans' biggest strength. The team's defensive prowess is reflective of that chemistry and Bevis, at the helm, loves nothing more than being able to take the ball away and score on the other end.
“We all want what's best for each other,” Bevis said. “We all want to win.”
“Everybody loves Elle. She's a great teammate... She's really a very dynamic offensive player. She has tremendous range — she can shoot up to 25 feet. She's good off the bounce, too. She has a lot of versatility on offense. She's doing a great job on the defensive side, and her rebounding has really improved."
John Angelo, head coach, Legend High School girls basketball
Elle Bevis averages a team-leading 12.8 points per game, as well as 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game through 10 games, as of Jan. 10.
How's the season going?
Good. We're off to a good start. We're 9-1 right now, which is better than we've ever done in our program. I think the chemistry is really good with the girls off the court. That helps when you're playing.
How would you describe yourself as a player?
I want to win. So making sure to be a selfless player, too. Making sure the team as a whole does well, and I like defense. I like to get the ball back. If it gets taken from me I want to take it back. If you just go after the ball, the rest takes care of itself.
How do you prepare for games?
I chew a piece of Hubba Bubba (bubblegum). And then I have the same playlist of songs. It's just five songs, and I just listen to them over and over again. It's become a superstitious thing. That's what I do before every game.
Why Hubba Bubba?
I just like bubblegum, I don't know what it is. I got into it with one of my good teammates a while ago, and I just have done it ever since. It's a little different from anyone else.
Do you have a favorite class?
I think my favorite classes are psychology and criminal ustice. Those both really interest me because they're different from math and social studies.
Do you have any memorable moments to look back on in your senior season?
Whenever we went to the Parker Task Force and then we did a Secret Santa afterward as a program. A lot of times, "C" teams versus varsity, they're not very close with each other. I think our team, we do stuff like that and it helps. We get to know each other — the freshmen and the seniors.
Are you excited to move on?
Yeah, I'm excited. It's bittersweet. I'm going to miss my friends and stuff and playing here. There's bigger and better things to come. I think the unknown is a cool thing. I'm looking forward to what's ahead.
Do you haveany plans for after high school?
I'm looking at a few schools right now for college to play at, but I think right now is undecided.
Do you have any idea what you want to study?
Probably psychology or nursing. I've always had an interest since I took a psychology class junior year. It's an interesting topic.
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