Marlon Smith makes good as Mountie

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - Playing basketball on the Amherst Regional High School court is nothing new to Marlon Smith. What was different last Friday night was the fact that, instead of playing for the Vikettes, she suited up for the Mount Allison Mounties.
Smith, along with her Mountie teammates, played an exhibition game against the Nova Scotia Agricultural College Rams.
After the game, Smith said she she loves playing for the Mounties and added, "I felt really comfortable playing here but it was a little nerve-racking playing university basketball in front of family and friends."
As a rookie, Smith has had little trouble adjusting to the up-tempo pace of the university game.
"The pace is quicker and everyone is real intense but everyone makes it easy to adapt," Smith said. "You just have to play a real heads-up game."
Mounties coach Al Hart said Smith is fitting in perfectly.
"Marlon is a rookie on our team and we see great signs that she's going to be an impact player as a scorer," Hart said. "She can shoot from the outside and she can go to the basket hard."
Hart, who has coached at Mount Allison for 12 years, praised Smith's dedication and personality.
"She goes very hard in practice and she gets along with everybody. She's a natural with her teammates."
Hart has five seniors starting on his roster this year and expects Smith to be a future leader.
"She has a great attitude and she's a hard worker, and she's going to be a real scorer in this league."
Hart also has high praise for Smith's former coach, Vikettes coach Fred Gould.
"Fred does a great job," Hart said. "He's had great success as a coach and he's had a lot of girls who went on to play in this league. He has a great program here."

Organizations: Nova Scotia Agricultural College Rams, Amherst Regional High School

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