In one way or another, Michigan State’s national title in 2000 affected nearly everyone in the Lansing area.
For Tara Harris, it began a lifelong journey.
Harris, who was in the first grade when the Spartans cut down the nets, wanted a chance to do what her favorite players were doing on the television screen.
“That inspired me to want to play basketball,” Harris said.
Soon after that, she was almost always around a basketball. Her love for the sport was becoming clearer by the minute.
“I would always play basketball in the gym, dribble and even throw the ball off the wall to myself,” Harris said.
Now in her senior season at Williamston, she’s an integral part of a Hornets’ team that has been one of the biggest surprises in the area.
After a disappointing junior season, Harris and the Hornets are off to a 12-2 start in 2012-13.
“Our team dynamic has changed so much,” Harris said. “I think that’s happened this year because we have five seniors and we really wanted to finish our high school basketball career on a strong note.”
Harris, who plays point guard, says that she plays a support role for the team and tries to have her teammates headed in the right direction.
“I just feel like I need to be more of a leader,” Harris said. “I don’t feel like I need to score 20 points per game.”
The Hornets are in the thick of the season right now and must beat Portland on Feb. 8 to have any shot at the CAAC White title.
But regardless of how things finish up, this season is already is a success for Harris.
“This is the most fun I’ve had playing basketball,” Harris said.
And as her high school basketball career nears its close, she has another team to put next to her beloved Spartans.
“We bleed green for Williamston and Michigan State,” Harris said.