Larsen Sigmon keeps South girls rolling
Wed. February 27, 2013 at 12:13 a.m. | By Jason Queen
South Davidson senior point guard Larsen Sigmon. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)
DENTON | Larsen Sigmon has been playing with most of her South Davidson teammates since she was in grade school.
So, it stands to reason, she wants this — her senior season — to last as long as possible.
She has been a huge part of making that a reality so far. With her leadership skills, defense, scoring and distribution, Sigmon has guided the Wildcats to a 24-2 record. Last week, she helped South wrap up a perfect run through the Yadkin Valley Conference with the school’s third straight YVC tournament title, then kept it going with an easy win over South Stokes in the first round of the 1-A state playoffs Monday in Denton. In order to keep it going, the Wildcats will have to beat conference foe North Rowan for the third time this season Wednesday in the second round of the playoffs, also at home.
Sigmon minces no words as she thinks about what this year has meant to her. “Well, since we’re seniors, this has been the best year ever,” she said. “Our goal was to go undefeated the whole (conference) season, and we accomplished that. And then to win the tournament.
“So now, we’re just trying to go as far in the states as we can.”
While Sigmon has provided a huge boost all season, the Wildcats get a total team effort essentially every night. Her sisters, Madison and Hunter (they’re triplets), seem to fly all over the place in South’s full-court press. And they both have a knack for sneaking and grabbing key rebounds, despite giving up a significant height advantage against most teams. Addie Grubb, Brook Strother and Holly Wall are also seniors, so the bulk of coach Fonda Jackson’s rotation is making its swan song.
“We’ve been playing together since we were eight years old,” Larsen Sigmon said. “It’s gonna be bittersweet when it’s time to leave.”
These Wildcats don’t look ready to leave this tournament any time soon. South makes up for its lack of height in the post by wreaking havoc on opposing guards. In Monday’s win over South Stokes, the Sauras went through long stretches where they never even got a shot off.
Sigmon said that defensive pressure, which often allows the Wildcats to build a quick lead with transition buckets off turnovers, has been the key. “If we can start out with intense defense, we can get them rattled,” she said. “And it gives our offensive game a better start.
“It’s easier if we start out with intensity on defense. It just makes the flow of our game better and easier.”
In addition to the team success, Sigmon celebrated scoring her 1,000th career point earlier this season. For any player, that is quite an accomplishment. “It was exciting,” she said, unable to hide a wide smile. “I was really happy.”
And nothing would make her happier than finishing off this amazing season with a deep run toward the 1-A state championship. “The states,” she exclaimed. “We want to make it to the state championship. We’re gonna try to do everything we can to make it there.”
Jason Queen can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.