Westmoreland County athletes of the week: Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore, Southmoreland’s Ty Keffer
Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 3:01 PM
School: Mt. Pleasant
Claim to fame: A fourth-year starter for the Vikings, Zelmore scored her 1,000th career point during the opening weekend of the season.
Zelmore has 1,055 points in 65 career games.
What was it like scoring your 1,000th point, and how did it happen?
It was such a surreal moment, and it happened off a putback. After, it was just all one big blur. I had to go home to watch Hudl to believe it.
Did you know how many points you needed?
In the back of my mind I knew I needed 24 points, but it was not on my mind at the time. I had a lot of friends and family there screaming after that basket, so I knew then.
What is your favorite memory from high school basketball so far?
It used to be getting an unexpected playoff win my sophomore year, but after last weekend it is definitely scoring the 1,000.
Do you consider yourself a true post player?
No, because there are a lot of girls that are taller than me and I feel like I can shoot from around the perimeter, too.
Who is your favorite pro athlete?
Who is the best player you’ve played against?
Olivia Cernuto. She makes so many things happen both on offense and defense.
Who or what got you started in basketball?
I have an older sister who was into all the sports at a young age, so I’ve been watching games forever. It was just a given that I would play them all ,too.
What made you want to throw the discus?
I used to play softball, but travel would take up so much time that there wasn’t time to focus on all the other sports I liked to do. I gave up softball for soccer and basketball. I had time open in the spring, and my pap really wanted me to just try throwing. I did, and I found that I really liked the individual aspect of it.
Did you follow the Mt. Pleasant girls soccer team’s playoff run this past season?
Yes, that was my old team from freshman and sophomore year when I was goalie until I gave up soccer to focus more on basketball and throwing. I have played with most of those girls. They have a really talented young group of players. I also think it is pretty cool getting to know Laurel Rummel, who is their goalie and she’s a fellow teammate for basketball now.
Do you have a good luck charm or any superstitions?
I have a black and white cat (Tommy), and I like to pet his white fur before I leave my house for games.
What are you most proud of about yourself?
I think my determination because when I want something bad enough, I won’t stop until I get it.
What do you want most for Christmas?
I know the common answer is for my family to be healthy. My family has gone through some major health issues over the past year that has put a different perspective on things. So when I say my greatest wish is to have my family healthy, I truly mean it. If I had to pick a tangible thing, though, I would say: If there are any Santas out there, it sure would be awesome to find NBA tickets under my tree.
What is your all-time favorite Christmas gift?
I got a Quad for Christmas when I was younger.
Favorite Christmas movie?
“Home Alone. “
High school basketball needs more ____?
I have way too many ____ ?
Claim to fame: The 6-foot-4 Keffer has sprinted out of the starting blocks this season, scoring 30 points in a 75-38 win over Frazier, 28 points in a 75-68 victory over Greensburg Salem and an eye-popping 45 points in an 83-40 win over Derry on Saturday.
Coming into the season, Keffer’s career high for points in a game was 30. He hit that mark with three minutes left in the third quarter against Frazier and asked if he could go back in to break it, but coach Frank Muccino opted to keep him on the bench in the name of sportsmanship because the Scotties were up 40. No matter. Keffer poured in 45 points five days later.
You’re off to such a great start to the season. What’s been working for you?
The team’s really good. They don’t really depend on anyone. And I just really like winning. Sometimes I take advantage of my confidence, and I just shoot the ball. It’s been falling a lot. I think I’m shooting — I checked — like 80%. The shot’s been on, with the confidence and everything. Not really a lot of layups. Just shooting a lot.
Are you in the zone that shooters sometimes talk about, where they feel like every shot they take is going to go in?
There was one scrimmage before the season. I shot one shot, and I just looked away. I just knew it was going in. I’ve been doing a lot of form shooting. It’s been going in. It felt so good. My shot’s been feeling so good.
You played football for the first time this year. Is there anything from playing football that helps you on the court?
I think the footwork. That helps a lot. But what really helps me is just being active. It helps me be more athletic. Running a lot helps my calves, helps me jump.
The team missed the playoffs last year, which is rare for Southmoreland. How much does that motivate you this season?
We have two seniors, and we really want them to get to the playoffs. Every practice, we’re more serious than last year. We know we can go far this year. We have a lot of freshmen coming up that are really good. We’re trying to teach them as best we can, help the seniors out and we’re really motivated.
Do you have any game-day superstitions?
I keep everything the same. I pack my bag the same. I eat the same. I do a lot of stuff the same.
What do you eat?
I eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch every game day.
You should get an NIL deal with them.
What do you listen to pregame?
Rap. Lil Uzi Vert is my go-to guy.
Jordan or LeBron?
What’s your favorite gym to shoot in?
I have to say our gym. I’ve been making shots there.
Who’s your favorite player to watch?
I don’t really watch a particular player. I watch players and try to pick up on moves and what they do.
What are your college plans at this point?
I definitely want to go to college. My football coach said I’m going to get interest for football and basketball. It just depends on what I decide. I’d definitely go for either.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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