Batavia girls basketball sophomore Shea Bayram has slotted in nicely to the starting lineup for the Bulldogs, especially as a key component of the Bulldogs’ defense. The 5-foot-10 Bayram’s older sister, Erin Bayram, is a 6-2 senior for Batavia and a Division I recruit (Boston University). Shea Bayram said she also maintains a sister-like relationship with close friend and Bulldogs standout Liza Fruendt. The younger Bayram spoke with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab for this week’s Weekend Chit-chat after Thursday night’s 24-point Batavia rout of Waubonsie Valley, which sent the Bulldogs to 7-1 on the season. The following is an edited transcript:
Do you like how you guys were able to deliver a knockout punch early [against Waubonsie]?
It’s different than playing last year. Playing up with the two seniors and the other two that are returners, it’s a lot faster and a higher talent, so I had to catch up with it. Playing out there like that, it’s so much fun, I love it. I’m playing with my sister and Liza’s like my sister. I’m playing pretty much with my family, which is awesome. I love it.
What have you taken from each of those two girls’ games, your real sister and your other “sister”?
Well from my real sister, she has definitely given me a lot of confidence. She’s been making me practice shooting, post moves, and then from Liza, I’m watching her skills with dribbling and getting a lot out of that, and they’re also coaching me as the season goes on. It’s awesome.
What do you think you bring to the table? What do you consider your role to be with this group?
I think my role is mostly defense on it because early on, when I started basketball, I always focused on defense because that’s one thing I love about playing. I just love the fact of stopping the main player on the team and having them score less and just saying you accomplished that, is just a good feeling.
This season’s been off to a great start, especially with the win over Geneva. You guys feel pretty good about where things are headed?
Yeah, I think we were really excited after that Geneva win. It boosted our confidence up even more, and we’re just excited to go to Montini and Oswego to play more games and play harder teams, and get us better.
Coach (Kevin) Jensen talked about how he wants you guys to be relentless with that press and not just settle for the first wave, keep coming at teams. How much does he harp on that, and how good do you think you guys can be in your press?
I think if we work on it more that we’re going to get it down. We’ll probably stop them at half court, and even if we don’t, then we’ll get a steal [at the defensive end]. If we practice it more, I think we’ll get fast and get to where everything is just second nature.