Field's Morgan Peachey is the glue that holds the Falcons together

By Colin Harris | Staff Writer Published:

A story that published in the Record-Courier last week described what it meant be a glue guy on a basketball team.

The player that may not always show up prominently in a box score, but does all the of the little things necessary for teams to win games. Ultimately, these are the players that are the glue that holds teams together.

If you were looking to start a "glue girl" team, there would not be a better place to start than with Field senior guard Morgan Peachey.

"When I read that story in the paper, I immediately thought that Morgan was that kind of player for our team," Field head coach Craig Nettleton said. "She does all the little things; she's a defensive-minded kid who sets the tone for us."

Peachey's averages on the season include eight points, three steals and two assists per game. None of which list her among the league leaders, but that is not what the senior captain set out to do. Nor does it measure her -- or her team's -- level of success.

Peachey's real impact on a game can usually be seen by looking at the other team's stat line after a Falcons victory.

"When you look at the box score, you see she has seven or eight points, but the girl she guarded all game was held way below her average," Nettleton said. "She's always on the opposition's best player and when they score seven or eight points less than their average, that's just as important."

It's a role that Peachey has fully embraced.

"I'm just dedicated to go out on the court and work hard," Peachey said. "I just want to play hard for my team and that means holding people to under their limits."

Now in his second season coaching the girls program after a long career as Field's boys coach, Nettleton said he has worked hard to get his girls to buy into the system that has always made his teams successful.

As any coach will tell you, the quickest way to getting a new team on the same page is when you have a veteran that is leading by example.

"I tell the girls that I don't like to lose at anything -- whether it's basketball, cards or tiddlywinks," Nettleton said. "And Morgan gets that message. She is what we're looking for from a leader; she's a competitor who the younger players can look at and see how it's done."

Nettleton said he has his players vote on team captains at the end of the previous season with the idea that the new captains can lead the returning players through summer workouts and open gyms before the next season.

So when Peachey, along with fellow senior Ashley Mack and junior Tiffany Spaller, were elected as captains, Nettleton said he knew the 2012-13 team would be in good hands.

"Morgan doesn't just turn it on in games; she is a true competitor doesn't care about whether it's game or practice," Nettleton said. "We want our captains to be leaders not just on the court, but during summer workouts and open gyms and summer league games.

"There's no doubt we made the right choice voting her a captain," Nettleton added.

Peachey said that she takes the title of "captain" seriously and views it as an obligation to the next generation of Falcons.

"(The three captains) try to be mentors for our younger players and show them the way to make the team better," Peachey said. "I'm just trying my best to go out and set a good example."

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