Feb 5, 2013 8:50 PM by Bill Halter
Tatiana Dunlap has played all five positions for St. Joseph this season. The senior has done a little bit of everything and is the biggest reason why the Knights are 10-0 in the Pac-7.
"I don't really think, I just go. If I see the ball I'll go for it. I feel like if I'm more aggressive I'll get more done" said Dunlap. The three year starter is averaging 24-points, 9-rebounds and 3-steals per game in her final season with the Knights. As a sophomore, Dunlap helped St. Joseph to a state championship. A similar run was expected the following season until Aly Beebe tore her ACL. This year was going really well until two weeks ago when second leading scorer Kaitlyn Flowers tore her ACL. "It's really hard to adjust to these kind of things but we're a team where we can adjust and we're so close as a family that anything can hit us and we can just bounce right back up" said Dunlap.
Dunlap has picked up her play since Flowers went down. In three games since the injury she's averaging 35 points. "My position has changed a lot from when we won state. My role was to play defense and then this year and last year my role has been to play offense and defense. My offense has gotten a lot better over the years because I've learned that I have to play with my team to get what I need and what they need" said Dunlap who is making 59 percent of her shots.
Flowers calls Dunlap an inspiration to her. The two have played together since they were little kids. "She wants to win at all costs and she will do that. She's a really hard worker, she's a really good player and if we need a stop she's the one that can do it. If we need someone to score she can be the person to score for us" said Flowers who was averaging 18 points per game. She is a junior.
Dunlap plans on playing college basketball next season but doesn't know where yet.
St. Joseph plays at San Luis Obispo on Wednesday and at Paso Robles on Friday to complete the regular season. With a two game lead in the Pac-7 on second place Pioneer Valley the Knights only need to win once more to guaranteed themselves an outright championship. Overall the team is 16-7.
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