It didn’t take Tremont Attendance Center long to find a replacement for head girls basketball coach Anna Porter, who was named the head girls coach at Itawamba AHS last month. Belmont native Harrison Fancher is their man.
Fancher recently graduated from Blue Mountain College, where he was a four-year member of the Topper basketball program. While there, he racked up numerous awards, including being named to the Southern State Athletic Conference All-Academic team as a sophomore and the MUSCO Lighting Champion of Character winner for Blue Mountain his junior year.
Fancher said he’s eager to begin his new role leading the Lady Eagles.
“I am extremely excited that Tremont chose me to lead the program. I can’t wait to get started,” Fancher said of his new job.
Fancher is faced with a difficult task: All five of Tremont’s starters graduate this year, each of whom made the All Division list. He’ll also be leading a team in the same class and region as Ingomar Attendance Center. The Lady Falcons have won three out of the last four championships in 2A, but they’ll be moving back down to 1A next season.
Fancher didn’t shy away from addressing the loss of all of the team’s starters, but maintains that the change won’t be something the team spends much time thinking about.
“We just want to compete every possession,” he said. “Everyone knows that we will be replacing all five starters, but we aren’t focusing on that. Our goal will stay the same: Come in, compete and don’t take any possessions off.”
As a player at Belmont High School, Fancher was a threat on a team with multiple threats. As the point guard, it was his job to take care of the ball and score when open. He did that splendidly: Fancher scored more than 1,100 points in his career as a Cardinal – really just his junior and senior seasons – and he made 139 assists and tallied 142 steals while turning the ball over fewer than 90 times.
Tremont administrators have also announced the addition of Prentiss County native Carleigh King as the Lady Eagles’ assistant coach. King is a New Site alumnae who made numerous trips to Jackson as a player and was a graduate assistant with the Lady Royal team that won the state championship in 2012.