Bryan Lady Lions win Appalachian Conference Tournament Championship
Dayton, TN – Junior Amber Levi and the Lady Lions basketball team recently won their second straight Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Championship with their win over Reinhardt University out of Georgia in the Championship game. Bryan and Reinhardt finished tied for regular season and won the playoff game for seeding purposes so that was a bit of revenge for the Lady Lions.
Amber Levi picked up the Most Valuable Player award for her play in tournament. Amber had two consecutive double-double to earn the MVP honor. In the championship game, Amber scored 21 points and added 11 rebounds. Against Milligan University in the previous game Amber Levi led the Lion’s offensively as she shot 7-of-14, including 2-of-6 from three-point range, to finish with a team-high 18 points. She recorded the double-double after corralling a team-best 10 rebounds. The Lady Lions season came to an end with their loss in the nationals but it was still a great season and with a lot of young talent, this team should be back next year and for years to come.
Amber also was selected first team All-Conference, along with two of her teammates, Deandra Luna and Karli Combs(also Freshman of the Year). Amber was also selected All-Conference for the 2016-17 season. That year she also set the single game record for threes made with 10 in a 42 point effort against St. Andrews. The Former Lady Eagle basketball player has done Rhea County proud with her accomplishments at Bryan. But what really impresses me about Amber is her hard work and her humble nature.
I had time to ask Amber a few questions about the 2017-2018 season.
Bryan Lady Lions recently won the AAC Tournament Championship for second year in a row. How was this one different?
Winning the first championship was awesome because it was a little unexpected and it was my first one so there was a lot of excitement. The second one had a greater sense of satisfaction behind it. It felt like we took care of some unfinished business and like our hard work all year was justified.
What did you feel as you traveled to Iowa for the Nationals
I felt more confident heading to nationals this year. Last year I didn’t really know what to expect, but this year I felt more prepared and had confidence that we could make a little run in the tournament.
How was an 16 hour bus ride to Iowa for the Nationals?
We split the trip up into two days. There was a lot of talking, laughing, and sleeping so it wasn’t bad. It’s always fun to get to travel and see new places, especially since it was the first time for the Freshman players.
How has your game changed over the three years at Bryan?
My game has changed mainly as I’ve gained more experience. This year has especially been a growing year for me. Half of our team came in brand new and so I had to kind of redefine my role and realize that I didn’t have to try and do everything on my own.