GREENWOOD, SC – If one were to talk to local Greenwood High School football historians, Robert Moates’ name would be mentioned as one of the most talented players in program history. Moates, a 1990 Shrine Bowl selection, now has his daughter, Tmbre, blazing her own path as a Greenwood High School athlete.
Starting every game for the 14-1 Lady Eagles’ basketball team, Moates has been integral in their early success.
“I know that he (Robert) was considered one of the top guys when he played here, everyone talks about how good he was,” Moates said. “Hearing that just motivates me, makes me want to be better than him.”
The freshman forward’s play this season has even made Greenwood Head Coach Susan Thompson change her approach to coaching.
“Tmbre (Moates) is the first freshman I’ve had that I can remember starting right away,” Thompson said. “I’ve had a lot of girls come off the bench and play well, but never start right away because I’ve always thought it’s too much pressure for someone as a freshman. But Tmbre has stepped in and done a great job for us.”
According to Moates, her size and athleticism make her a tough matchup for opposing teams.
“I think my strength is that I’m bigger than most girls,” Moates said. “I’m able to play down low but also go outside if I need to.”
What makes Moates special, though, is how well-rounded she is as an individual, not just as an athlete.
“She (Moates) is the complete package,” Thompson said. “She has obviously had a lot of success on the court, but she also gets it done in the classroom. She is a great person to be around too, she’s just the complete package.”
As the Lady Eagles currently boast an 8-1 Region I-4A record, they have hopes of making a deep playoff run. That could be a lot of pressure for a freshman that has never competed at such a high level, but, when facing that pressure, Moates remembers advice that her father gives her routinely.
“He (Moates) just tells me to not worry about the negative stuff,” Moates said. “Just let it go in one ear and out the other. Just worry about playing my game, and not letting anything else distract me.”