Manassas Journal Messenger | OP calls on one of its own


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Back at home at Osbourn Park as junior varsity girls basketball head coach for the past two years, Rebecca Tillett’s making the move up to varsity this coming season.

Tillett, a former point guard who graduated from OP in 1995, also served as a varsity assistant for coach Larry Nemerow in 2001-02 and 2002-03. This past season, the Yellow Jackets won the Cedar Run District regular-season crown and earned their first-ever regional tournament berth.

“We were a competitive team when I played. However, we never took any titles,” Tillett said Friday. “I look forward to having the chance again as a coach.”

A December 1999 alumnus of William & Mary with majors in education and kinesiology, Tillett said “a lot of feelings and memories came back” when she returned to OP. Since graduating from high school, she had played for three years in college and then coached the junior varsity team and assisted the varsity at Williamsburg’s Jamestown High School.

Tillett walked on at William & Mary as a sophomore. By her third season, she was a co-captain and she received some partial scholarship money. She now teaches fourth grade in the match/science specialty program at Sudley Elementary.

“My memories of being at Osbourn Park are really fine, the kind of things that really made me want to keep playing basketball in college,” she said.

The Yellow Jackets are coming off a season in which they went 8-14 overall, 5-1 in the Cedar Run. They lost at George Washington-Danville, 56-48, in the Northwest Region quarterfinals. OP’s top two scorers, guard Erin Myers (12.7 points per game) and guard/forward Sarah Thompson (11.0) were both juniors.

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