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Smith inks scholarship deal with Mid-South Community College

Jacksonville coach William Rountree and Tiffany Smith, who recently signed a college basketball scholarship. Chad Matchett photoBuy Photo
Jacksonville coach William Rountree and Tiffany Smith, who recently signed a college basketball scholarship. Chad Matchett photo

At first glance, Tiffany Smith may not strike most as one of the better basketball players in the area, but she’ll be out to continue proving everyone wrong when she suits up for the Mid-South Community College Lady Greyhounds next season.

Smith has never had a prototypical basketball body, but that hasn’t stopped her from being one of the most dangerous players on the court every game she played for the Jacksonville Lady Red Devils.

“A lot of college coaches just told me I couldn’t make it,” said Smith. “The Mid-South coach did tell me I need get in a little better shape, but she was going to give me the chance.”

Smith helped the Lady Devils to their first state title two years ago, and then was a team leader this season when the team faced a season with a new coach and without University of Arkansas signee Jessica Jackson.

“For me, Jacksonville basketball and Tiffany Smith go hand in hand,” said Jacksonville coach William Rountree. “I had a bunch of old coaches who have been around the game for a long time watch us, and they told me they loved watching her play.”

Smith brings a lot of confidence and energy to the court. She became known for pulling for deep three-pointers at any point in the game, and making a high percentage of those shots.

“She’s such a unique player,” said Rountree. “Honestly, she’s as a deep shooter as I’ve ever coached.”

Mid-South is located in West Memphis and plays with teams like North Arkansas College in Harrison, and Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock.

“I feel like I really did play a pretty big role in some of the success we’ve had here the last two years,” said Smith. “It took a little while this year, but we finally gave coach Rountree a chance and started really listening to him and learning from him and we had a good year.”

When asked if she carried a chip on her shoulder from often being overlooked, Smith’s answer came quickly.

“Oh, definitely,” said Smith with a smile. “I’ve always felt I had to really prove I could play. I want to go to college and prove a lot of people wrong.”

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