Snotherly’s stellar career comes with skills, desire

Brecken Snotherly had a wide array of ways to score with Eastern Randolph’s girls’ basketball team. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

Eastern Randolph senior relishes sports journey

RAMSEUR – Brecken Snotherly’s path has taken a few turns during high school, but generally the Eastern Randolph standout athlete has reached her destinations.

She put the basketball in the hoop at an alarmingly successful rate and she knows her way around running courses as well.

Basketball became her passion and she’ll continue in that sport for East Tennessee State.

“Basketball is my main thing,” she said. “I’ve been playing basketball since kindergarten. I just have a real love for the game.”

That makes sense considering her scoring prowess and ball-moving abilities. Snotherly poured in more than 2,000 points in a prep career that included time with Winston-Salem Christian.

But once the pandemic passed, she said she knew she wanted to be back home at Eastern Randolph.

The Wildcats have been glad to have her.

“One of the hardest-working kids I’ve seen at this level,” Eastern Randolph girls’ basketball coach Jeff Davis said. “Just her IQ. She studies and studies the game and wants to keep learning.”

That example helped set the tone as the Wildcats racked up a 19-8 record during the recently completed season.

As a senior, Snotherly scored 30.7 points to go with 9.7 rebounds per game.

“She’s a player we’ve been battling with it seems like forever,” Randleman coach Brandon Varner said.

With 51 points against Trinity during a game this winter, she re-set her single-game school record.

While Snotherly has a smooth jumper, it’s not like she relied on 3-point shooting. She’s efficient on fast breaks and well-equipped to carve through defenses.

“Some of it comes from transition,” Davis said. “It’s more of a desire.”

It was noticeable every time she was on the court.

“That kid is a nice player,” said Eastern Alamance coach Tim Krotish, who topped the career 500-win mark during the season. “She’ll pull up and knock that thing down in your face. She can go right, left.”

Ask Snotherly about that mid-range shot, and she’ll widen her smile.

“My little pull-up jumper, that’s my specialty,” she said.

Snotherly, a top 10 finisher in past state meets in cross country and track and field, has been excelling again in middle-distance and distance events this spring. So there’s more to do before she takes her basketball skills to the collegiate level.

Snotherly committed to East Tennessee State before her senior season. She had multiple college offers, but decided it was best to lock in on one school before her final go-around with the Wildcats.

So there’s more places to go and things to accomplish. For Snotherly, it seems to fit right in.

“It has been my journey,” she said. “I wouldn’t change it.”

By Bob Sutton