JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — The biggest reason Marble Falls High School senior basketball player Reann Hall was offered a scholarship by Tarleton State University is because improvements to her defense and footwork last season.
And that meant changing her approach to defense.
“More than anything, I think, you have to want to be aggressive and want the ball,” said Hall, who is a post and a forward for the Lady Mustangs. “We drilled defense extremely hard this year. At the beginning, I wasn’t very good at it. You have to have the mindset that this person is not getting the ball.”
Hall, who is a four-year letterman, signed her letter of intent to the Stephenville school May 2, days after she attended an open tryout with other players vying for two spots on the team.
“When I sat down and picked up a pen and started to write,” she said, “it hit me that I was signing a new chapter of my life and opening up so many opportunities for myself and making my dreams come true by signing this page.”
Lady Mustangs head coach David Schubert, who is completing his first year at Marble Falls, said that when he met Hall at the end of last school year, he asked her if she wanted to play at the college level.
She said yes, and he responded, “If you want to play, it’s going to happen.”
That illustrated the trust, rapport and bond the two shared the last 12 months, something Schubert said he will miss.
“Our player-coach relationship is second to none,” he said. “It’s one of the best I’ve had with a player, to make sure the team gets what it needs. Whatever was needed, Reann was there.”
The daughter of Rachel Hall will major in engineering.
Hall said family members weren’t surprised she earned a scholarship, noting she has made basketball a big part of her life.
Still, she said once she committed and signed her letter of intent, she became “an emotional wreck.”
“Everyone was super proud,” she said. “I never gave up on my dreams and made them come true.”