High School Sports

Q&A with Sabrina Drammis

Just 10 games into the season, the Hilton Head High girls basketball team surpassed last year's win total.

Much of the credit belongs to Sabrina Drammis.

In only her third year of organized basketball, Drammis has developed into a much-needed scoring complement to Seahawks wing Margo Dill. She averages nearly a double-double with 11 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

And she quickly makes opponents forget she's still new at this. Drammis grew up with a tennis racket in her hand as she traveled the country to play in the most competitive tennis tournaments she could find.

At some point, though, she grew tired of tennis and chose to shift gears. She's found a home on the basketball court.

The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette caught up with Drammis to discuss the Seahawks' hot start to 2010-11 and her emerging basketball career.

Question: Not a lot of people expected you guys to be 13-1 to start the season -- what makes this team so good?

Answer: Last year, we were a pretty average team. But we put in a lot of effort this summer to be a better than average team. Everyone pretty much came every day, and we worked hard. We stepped up our level and got better. Our shots became more consistent; our passing got better.

Q: What have you personally had to work on to develop into a better player?

A: I have to not think very much -- as weird as that sounds. If I think too much, I get too frantic. I have to make the game come naturally to me. I have to react to what happens on the floor instead of making up my mind and deciding what to do before the play even starts.

Q: What have you learned about what it takes to become a good player?

A: You have to be really athletic, but then you also have to work really hard. The ball-handling and the shooting are the two biggest things. I've been working a lot on (becoming) a more consistent shooter.

Q: What made you decide to start playing basketball?

A:Well, I started playing freshman year. Before that, I was playing competitive tennis. I went to Smith Stearns (Tennis Academy) every day after school. ... I was getting tired of playing tennis, though, and I wasn't enjoying it as much as I had before. So I decided to give basketball a try.

Q: What has made you decide to stick with basketball?

A: I fell in love with basketball immediately. It's a faster-paced game. It's a team game, which I like a lot. You have all your friends, and that makes it more fun when you win as a team.

Q: You've stuck with tennis as well -- but which sport do you prefer?

A: Basketball. Over the summer, I really developed into a basketball player. I only pick up a tennis racket during the season now. I play basketball all year, which is kind of weird to say, I guess.

Q: You were part of the school's fourth straight tennis state title this year. Does the feeling change at all each time you win?

A: You know, it actually gets more and more exciting every time you win. And when you win, you want to do it all over again. I think once you experience winning a championship, you just want another one.

Q: What did you learn about what it takes to become a championship team?

A: Tennis is a lot different, because our team has a lot of players that play at academies and stuff. That's what makes our tennis team unique. We have five or six academy players, and that's unusual for a high school team. With basketball, it's a team game, and you have to learn to play together. That's what we're doing now, and hopefully we can win a championship, too.