Norman's Turner Mattingly-Harnden – Driven Athlete of the Month sponsored by Landers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Norman


Two years ago, Norman High girls’ basketball coach Michael Neal was nervous. He had an incoming freshman set to play point guard, but she was committed to so many other sports – volleyball and soccer. Neal was worried how Turner Mattingly-Harnden would find the time to commit to her important role on the basketball court.

Looking back now, it seemed kind of fruitless for Neal to worry, because Mattingly-Harnden always found the time. Whether it was at individual 6 a.m.workouts before school or after volleyball practice with her father, Mattingly-Harnden found the time to push the Tigers up from a two-win season.

“She shows up and does what she has to do to make this team successful,” Neal said. “… You’ll have players who kind of think it’s about them. Turner Mattingly has never been that way.”

Two years later as she prepares for her junior season, she’s moving back to her more natural positions as a slashing, off-the-ball guard, where she can create havoc in the half court. Even as a junior, she’s received interest from Princeton, where she visited this summer for a basketball camp.

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This year, Mattingly-Harnden has skipped her volleyball season, and she’ll make the sport switch from soccer to tennis in the spring. But she’s not taking any time off. She has filled up her academic schedule with three Advanced Placement classes.

“I hope it’s going to pay off in the long run,” she said. “… My workload has been crazy lately.”

Mattingly-Harnden has also been in contact with Oral Roberts and Little Rock-Arkansas. She believes that spreading her time around has helped her on the court.

“I just love playing all the different sports,” Mattingly-Harnden said. “Every sport is so different, yet they have similarities. I think it’s helpful to translating back to basketball. Each sport, you get something different out of. … There are so many other things you can get out of it.”

Time and commitment has never been an issue for Mattingly-Harden. She’s always found the time for it, and she’s been able to succeed through it.

“I just love the game and the competitive aspect of basketball,” Mattingly-Harnden said. “It’s just a lot of fun.”