Varney earns second award of the week with TSWA Player of the Week mention

Varney earns second award of the week with TSWA Player of the Week mention

Maryville College's Klaire Varney picked up her second award of the week, as the sophomore guard was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week.

Her stellar averages from last week aided her in tallying USA South Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday, as she was honored in the state by the TSWA.

Varney led MC to a 1-1 record last week, as she aided the Scots in picking up their first win of the 2018-19 campaign.

Varney had 22.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 5.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest last week.

"That's pretty complete," Head Coach Darrin Travillian said. "That's pretty impressive. The funny thing is, she has that kind of potential to average those kinds of numbers, and that speaks to her ability to influence the game on both ends of the floor. You also can see how unselfish she is. Going in and crashing the boards, getting assists, as well as putting the ball in the hoop speaks to her total game."

The Crossville, Tenn. native posted a pair of 20-point games this week as she has three this season.

Maryville fell to Huntingdon College on Friday night, 82-65, as Varney had a game-high 23 points.

The guard led Maryville in rebounds, assists and steals, as she added nine boards for a near double-double.

Varney posted four assists and two steals in the loss to the Hawks.

On Saturday afternoon, the Cumberland County High School product led Maryville offensively, as the Scots used a stout defensive effort for their first win of the year.

Varney had yet another complete game with a game-high 21 points. She posted game-high eight assists – also a career high – to go along with six rebounds, six assists and two blocks.

"I challenge Klaire every day to be the best player on the floor, because I think she can be the best player on the floor anytime we're out there," Travillian said following the LaGrange game. "Today, she answered the call – especially on the defensive end. That's an area that we're always pushing her in to try to be better. You can see with all her steals and boards, she was disruptive. That got our transition game going, and it changes the tempo. She has that kind of ability, and it was just an outstanding performance."

On the season, the 5-foot-8 guard has led Maryville College with 16.3 points per game. She is the only Scot to average double figures, as she's shot 41.6 percent from the floor.

Varney has 6.7 rebounds per game this year to lead the Scots in the category at the guard position, as she as 3.7 assists per contest – also a team-leading mark. Her 3.8 steals per game ranks as a team-best, as the sophomore has three blocks this year.

For Travillian, it's good to see Varney having a breakout season.

"It's huge," the coach said. "Last year, she came in at Christmas time, and we were just trying to get her acclimated and on the floor as quickly as we could. We wanted to make her part of things, and she was really playing a back-up point guard role for us last year. This year, we've moved her out to the wing and put the ball in her hands. She's in more of a scoring position, rather than just a facilitating position. It's huge to have her come out and play this way."

In her Orange and Garnet career, Varney has 133 points. She's shot 39 percent over her career with nine treys.

She has 65 rebounds, 41 assists, 38 steals and four blocks to her credit.

Varney will look to lead the Scots this week, as they travel to Brevard, N.C. to face off with the Tornados off Brevard College. Tip-off for the USA South Athletic Conference game is slated for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.