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Faces in KS: Tristan Gegg

Tristan Gegg of Labette County is averaging 22 points a game in 2015-2016.
By: Sean Boston for Sports in Kansas
Jan 11, 2016

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Tristan Gegg of Labette County High School in Altamont has became one of the state’s best players, as only a sophomore.  Gegg helped lead the Lady Grizzlies to an overall record of 18-5 and a 4A-Division I state birth in 2015.  As a freshman, the sharpshooting Gegg averaged just under 20 points per game and made numerous All-State teams.  Gegg set new records for her school for number of three-pointers made in one game (7) and number of three-pointers made in the season (74). Gegg once scored 42 points in a junior high game, all coming in the first half that included eight three pointers. Her accomplishments keep piling up. 

In Gegg’s sophomore season, she has helped lead the Lady Grizzlies to a perfect 7-0 start and a #5 ranking in 4A-I by the KBCA.  She continues to make her presence felt on and off the court.  She currently is averaging nearly 22 points per game this season and will try and help lead her team back to the 4A state tournament.  Gegg isn’t just known for her skills on the basketball court, she also participates in volleyball and softball for the school.  She also has made her presence in the classroom as well, with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Gegg and the Lady Grizzlies, who also feature senior all-state candidate and Bemidji State signee Erica Gartner, are undefeated on the season and will take on Pittsburg at home this Friday. Gegg is coming off a 29 point performance on Friday against Fort Scott as she went 12 of 18 from the floor and 4 of 10 from three pointers.  Of course everyone in the Southeast Kansas area has been talking about Gegg since junior high, but now a name being recognized statewide look out for this rising super sophomore! 

This feature is powered by Labette Bank, proud supporter of high school athletics in Kansas. Be sure to nominate the athlete of the month from the Southeast Kansas area. Also special thanks to Bartlett Co-op and Stockyards Travel Plaza for powering all local Southeast Kansas sports coverage in 2015-2016. 

Q&A w/ Gegg

Q: How long have you been playing basketball?

A: I’ve been playing since I was in the second grade.

Q: What is it about your play that makes you so hard to stop?
A: I put in full effort at both ends of the floor.  I’m mostly known for my long range shooting, however.

Q: What is your goal each and everyday?

A: Definitely to get better everyday whether I’m at practice or in a game.  I always learn something knew every time I have the ball in my hands.

Q: Career accomplishments?

A: SEK League Champs (2015), All-SEK First Team, KBCA Second Team 4A All-State, Craw-Kan SEK All-Area Player of Year, Sub-State Champs, 4A-I State Qualifier, 4A All-State Second Team in All Classes, Wichita Eagle 4A All-State Second Team, broken school record for most three-pointers made in one game (7) and three-pointers made in a season (74).

Q: Who has impacted you the most in your career?

A: I’ve had several great coaches that have left a major impact on me.  Ranging from little league to high school and with my traveling team as well.

Q: What do you plan on doing after your career at Labette County High School?
A: I plan on playing college ball and getting a degree in a sports related field.

Q: What does it mean to play for LCHS?

A: There’s no place I’d rather be than playing with the girls.  I am blessed with how supportive my teammates and I are of each other.

Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?

A: I have double jointed arms and can twist them all the way around.  I can also walk on my hands as far as half the distance of a basketball court.

Q: What has it been like playing travel ball with the Missouri Valley Eclipse?

A: Playing with the Eclipse has been insanely helpful to me.  Learning to play against the top elite players in the country during the summer has really impacted me on my game during the high school season.

Q: Who do you look up to on your team?
A: My teammate Erica Gartner.  She’s not just a great player, but a really good person.  I am very appreciative of how helpful she has been accepting me on the team.

Q: What college program do you look up to?
A: Tennessee, because they’ve had such a successful program since the Pat Summitt era.

Q: How much time do you spend in the gym?

A: I put in about 17 hours of practice a week, not counting actual game time.

Q: What’s it going to take to get this team back to the state tournament?
A: We’re going to have to continue to play as a team and give 110 percent from the tip off to the final buzzer.

Q: Do you have any gameday superstitions?

A: I have to have the same water bottle, head band, spandex, sports bra and my hair has to be straightened.  Most importantly, our team prays together before every game.

Q: What other sports do you participate in?

A: I play volleyball and softball in addition to basketball.

Q: What does it mean to be such a great player as only a sophomore?
A: It’s a huge honor to be recognized, but the success of my team is more important than any individual recognition I receive.

Q: Do you currently have any offers or looks?
A: I have visited Kansas University and Pittsburg State.  As well as received over 50 letters from schools.