It's a family affair in Walnut Grove. The name Harman has become synonymous with Lady Tigers basketball. Trying to decipher the family tree is like trying to solve a Rubicks Cube. And for fourth year head coach Rory Henry, it was those seven girls that made this job even more inticing.
"We knew about them when we came here," said Henry. "We knew the eighth grade class was special and all about the Harman's."
So here goes; Hannah, now a sophomore at College of the Ozarks, is the older sister of Heather. Heather's cousin Lexi is also a junior at Walnut Grove. Lexi's sister Haley graduated two years ago with Hannah. There's also a third set; Cheyenne, who graduated in 2012 and Shelby, who is currently a freshman. And if that wasn't enough, seventh grade Bailey is chomping at the bit to join the family business.
"She may be the best one of them all," said Henry.
Last season Heather emerged as a superstar, earning all-state honors as a sophomore, while leading the Lady Tigers to the class 1 state championship, eventually falling by one point to Eminence.
"It was really hard at that moment," said Harman. "I was not a happy person after that game. My dad made me realize however that I have two years left. If anything it has been the biggest motivation for me."
And that motivation is showing on the court. Heather is averaging 23 points and 7 rebounds per game for the 6 and 1 top ranked Lady Tigers. Earlier this season she hit a school record eight three pointers in a game, but that might not be her biggest strength.
"She's an unbelievable passer," commented Henry. "She sees the floor as well as any player I've ever coached."
With two years to go Harman has already received college offers from C of O, Drury and SBU. With her potential and hard work expect that list to grow.
"The sky's the limit for her right now," said Henry.
"I'm just letting it happen and not worrying about it much right now," said Harman. It would be awesome to play D-1 though."
Harman and the Lady Tigers continue the season Saturday December 22nd in the opening round of their own tournament.