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Athlete of the week: East Davidson's Bayley Plummer

East Davidson's Bayley Plummer (Photo by Jason Queen/The Dispatch)

THOMASVILLE | East Davidson girls’ coach Don Corry celebrated his 500th career win early last week.

If Bayley Plummer has anything to do with it, there will be plenty more to come.

The 6-foot-2 freshman center has been unbelievable in the early going, and she recorded a triple-double in her third varsity game last week — a week in which the Eagles won three games to push their record to 5-0 in the young season.

For Plummer, who won two league championships at Brown Middle and rarely lost coming through the ranks at Pilot, it’s nothing new. The faces on the losing end are just a little older, with different names on the front of the jerseys. And even though she has been a very big piece of those championship runs, she won’t take all the credit. “I think we work good together,” Plummer said Monday. “We know each other, we all went to the same elementary school.

“So we’ve been together for a while. Now that I’m at East Davidson, I’m with an older group. But, we’re used to winning.”

Fellow freshman Madi Hallman has started at point guard so far for the Eagles, joining an already talented group that includes Lori Morgan, Jennifer Welborn and Ariel Grimsley, to name a few. And Plummer understands, the tough matchup she and fellow post player Jordan Isom present down low would be negated without steady play from the guards.

“It’s just an older group of kids,” Plummer added. “I had to learn to play with them, and adapt to their situation.

“And you have to learn to change your game, going from middle school to high school. It becomes more physical.”

That plays right into the hands of Plummer, who towers over most of her competition the moment she steps on the floor. But she has plenty of game to go with her size; she scored 23 points in Tuesday’s 69-44 win over Wheatmore, which was Corry’s 500th victory. She then had 23 points, 16 rebounds and 10 blocks in a 77-38 romp of Southern Guilford, then tacked on 20 points as the Eagles rolled over Trinity 64-18 Friday.

Even though Corry has been on the sidelines for 25 years, and came out of retirement once already to coach, Plummer has given him new reason to head to work every day. As long as she’s at East, he knows the Eagles have a chance to be very successful.

And, for everyone familiar with East Davidson girls’ basketball, memories of Anna Freeman haven’t faded too far. Freeman is now a star at Appalachian State, and she helped guide the Eagles to a deep state playoff run her freshman season. That ignited a four-year stretch in which East won over 100 games and won a state championship in the process.

Plummer knows the comparisons are there, and she’s up for the challenge of filling those shoes. “I want to live up to her,” she said. “I want to be as good as she was.

“I know I have potential, just have to put my will into it. I think if we stick with it, we’ll keep getting better every year.”

That would put the Eagles’ program back among the state’s elite. It would also help Corry’s career win total continue to climb.

And she and Corry have the same ultimate goal. “He wants to win,” she said. “And I want somebody that wants to win.

“He’s also a great fundamental technique coach.”

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