In a recent interview, Peaster Head Girls’ Basketball Coach Benita Carlton answered questions about her playing days, as well as her time leading the Lady Greyhounds.
Question: Favorite memory as a player?
Answer: My senior year we beat Abernathy who was ranked No. 2 in the state at the time. We also made it to the regional tournament that year.
Q: Favorite memory as a coach?
A: When I was an assistant coach at Eastland in 2007, we made it to the regional tournament that year, and that was a pretty special group for me. They were freshmen when I had started at Eastland, and for them to make it that far was special.
Q: How do you celebrate a big win?
A: I talk it over with my husband, he’s the first one who approaches me after a big win, so I give him a hug. And then usually it’s texting my parents and sister and the rest of my family and letting them know how the game went. I talk it out with my parents and especially my sister, we both love the game of basketball.
Q: How do you move past a tough loss?
A: It’s hard to sleep, it takes me awhile. Sometimes it wakes me up at night and I go and watch film because you go back and think about what we could have done differently or what did we not do. Once I get past that night, usually it’s just getting back, refocusing on the next one and getting better in practice the next day.
Q: Most difficult position to play in basketball?
A: I would have to say the point guard, because they’re usually the better player who’s pressured and they have to not only handle the pressure but also direct our offense. So I feel like that would be pretty difficult. They’re like the quarterback of our team.
Q: Alternate sport to coach full time?
A: I would say track. I feel like it helps you mentally for all sports. I currently coach it, but if I had an alternate sport to coach full time, it would be track.
Q: Favorite basketball player?
A: I would probably have to say Sheryl Swoopes because I’m a Red Raider, and that’s who I grew up knowing and watching play. They won the national championship, and she was just a great all-around player.
Q: Favorite basketball team?
A: I would say the Tennessee Lady Vols. I had the opportunity several years ago to work their basketball camp when Pat Summitt was the head coach. I respect and really look up to her, and even in camp she was very intense and made sure her camp coaches did what they were supposed to do. To be able to get to know her and talk to her was special. I have so much respect for her and her teams even though she’s not coaching them anymore.
Q: Describe coaching in three words?
A: Blessed beyond words. Coaching is a calling, and I’ve been pretty blessed to coach some pretty amazing girls. Each one of them is unique in their own way, and they have a special place in my heart once they leave our program. So I’d say blessed beyond words.