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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mammoth Spring's Tiffany Angotti signed on to play basketball at Lyon College next fall. From left are: Mammoth Spring Lady Bears head coach Crystal Martin, Lyon College assistant coach Julie Church, Tiffany Angotti, Harold Angotti, Rowena Angotti, Brenda Angotti and Mammoth Spring Superintendent David Turnbough. Photo/Looney [Order this photo]
Tiffany Angotti is fast.

Just how fast is the 5-10 guard for the Mammoth Spring Lady Bears?

Considering Angotti had five top five finishes at the recent Class 1A State Track and Field Meet -- the answer to that would be really fast.

But Angotti, a standout three-sport athlete at Mammoth Spring High School was not too fast to elude the watchful eye of Lyon College Head Basketball Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange.

And as a result, Angotti signed a letter of intent May 8 to play hoops for Lange's Pipers in Batesville next fall.

And according to Lange, Angotti's been on the Lyon College radar for a few years now.

"She came to a few of our camps and we really enjoyed her. She was in the gym all the time -- even when they would have breaks and she didn't have to be, she'd still be in the gym," she said. "I'm happy that she wants to be a part of our program and come join us."

As a senior guard for Coach Crystal Martin-Tackett's Lady Bears this past winter, Angotti averaged 10.2 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists per game.

"Tiffany has had a major impact on the Mammoth Spring Lady Bear basketball program. During her sophomore year, she played a major role in helping us be regional tournament runners-up and making a showing in the state tournament," said Tackett. "Her leadership and positive attitude will be greatly missed."

At the recently completed Class 1A State Track Meet, Angotti ran to a second place finish in the 300-meter hurdles, third place in the long jump, fourth place in the 200-meters and fifth place in the high jump.

"Tiffany is very quick and agile and her core strength is outstanding. That is why she can excel in any sport that she wants to," said Tackett. "Tiffany competed in six events at the state track and field meet and placed in the top five in five out of her six events. That speaks for itself. Also, she was part of a softball team that went to the state tournament, too."

Angotti's speed and quickness were a couple of things that definitely intrigued Lange about the Mammoth Spring guard.

"Speed doesn't always (translate well to the basketball court), but one of the ways it can is defensively. We try to play up-tempo and really get out and run," Lange said. "And a lot of times if you've got speed, you've got a lot to work with. And on defense, it helps when you press, especially if you can teach them the skills that you want. Someone that's hard-nosed, athletic and quick can learn to be a pretty tremendous defender, if they have that desire."

The relationships that she built while attending basketball camp at Lyon College was one reason that Angotti chose the school.

"I chose Lyon College because I've loved the atmosphere at the summer camps I attended," she said. "I got to be friends with many players and decided I totally want to play there."

Tackett feels that Lyon College will be an excellent fit for her former player.

"I think at the collegiate level, Tiffany will excel. After basketball season she competed in track and field and softball and still found time to get into the gym to keep working on her shot," she said. "Her being a true athlete and having a profound amount of determination will take her as far as she wants to go. Tiffany is a very determined individual and she has had to face many obstacles throughout her high school career, which has made her a very strong person and will also help her be more prepared for the next level -- collegiate basketball."

Lange likes the way that Angotti takes care of her business on and off the court and thinks she has the right makeup to play for the Pipers, a key element that the coach looks for when recruiting potential players.

"Usually that's the combination you need for success. If there's some things missing, sometimes you can overcome them," she said. "But if everything's already in place, then you've got a good start."

Not only a lightening quick defender who is also a steady ball-handler, Angotti is also capable of knocking down perimeter shots when the occasion calls for it.

"One of Tiffany's strengths is her true love for the game of basketball. She is a raw athlete with a tremendous amount of talent," Tackett said. "Also, Tiffany shot 41-percent from behind the 3-point line her senior year, which is pretty good at the high school level."

"She's got a lot of raw, athletic ability," said Lange. "And she's really improved a lot, due to her work ethic and the great job that Coach Martin-Tackett has done. She's improved every year and with that potential, along with her work ethic, I hope her best basketball is still ahead of her."

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