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Cades does it all at Sierra

Nevada Union graduate Tami Cades leads Sierra College in scoring and assists.
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Tami Cades is all about hard-work.

Some basketball players have that gift, that certain something that no amount of time on the practice court will ever give others.



Cades, a former Nevada Union girls basketball standout now displaying her skills at Sierra College, has achieved her success another way.




Faster than you can show Cades the doors to a court, she is on it, working on some aspect of her game. Time spent in practice has led to more and more time played in game situations.

She is a gym rat, and proud of it.

“(The gym rat label) shows that I’m dedicated,” Cades said. “It shows how much I love the sport.”

That love of basketball has led to high school accolades, such as first team all-Capital Athletic League her senior year of high school, to honorable mention Bay Valley Conference selection last year with Sierra College, to Most Valuable Player of December’s the Solano Showdown Tournament, to …

Tami Cades is all about this year, and what lies beyond. Nothing gives her greater pleasure than stuffing an opponent’s so-called hotshot scorer for four quarters.

It is not a stretch to say Tami Cades is all about defense.

“Tami can score in the twenties,” Sierra College coach Roz Goldenberg said. “But a great game for Tami is when she is able to stop the other team’s best player, dish out five or six assists, pull down eight or nine boards and score in double digits.”

Tami Cades is all about versatility, and college coaches have taken note.

Last year, Cades’ ability led to a starting role at small forward. It was a slight departure from the backcourt play she developed while at NU, though not that much.

This year, Cades has returned to the back court as the Wolverines’ point guard, where the lone returning starter hopes to lead a young team to the school’s fourth-straight Bay Valley Conference title in the Valley division.

In the Showdown tournament, which Sierra College won, Cades had an 18-point, 14-rebound performance in the semifinals against host Solano. She is averaging team highs in scoring (14 points per game) and assists (four per contest), and has managed to be the team’s second-best rebounder with seven a game.

“We’ve been working with her on her ability to see the floor better,” Goldenberg said. “But she has improved in all areas of the game since she has been here. What is cool about her playing forward last year is that it has made her a tough rebounding point guard.”

Earlier in the week, staff from Montana State came out to take a look at Cades. She has also had contact with Chico State, which Cades said wanted her to sign, Cal Poly, and Adam State in Colorado.

“She is definitely a D-II candidate in terms of making an impact right away,” Goldenberg said. “At the D-I level, it would have to be a special situation where a program needs an experienced point guard right away, or needs a strong, physical type of kid. And that is what Montana State is looking at, because they have a senior guard and nobody coming in. That situation would be perfect for Tami.”

Cades is being patient, for the meantime, enjoying her last year at Sierra College.

Her team goal is to win league, and make it to state. Last year, the Wolverines finished fifth in Northern California, eighth in state.

“I’ll go wherever the basketball scholarship is,” said Cades, who plans to continue her schooling in psychology and/or business. “All the coaches I have talked to said they have psychology, so it should work out. I just have to visit some places.”


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