AMHERST — The rock group The Who probably said it best more than 50 years ago — the kids are all right.
Avon sophomore Abby Liber and freshman Brooke Laub combined to score the first 13 points of the fourth quarter to turn a tight game into a 48-36 Southwestern Conference win over Amherst on Wednesday night.
“To be led by a freshman and a sophomore, as a coach it’s definitely a very exciting thing,” Eagles coach Meghan Larrick said. “We had some turnovers that were unforced. It could have gone one way or the other, but those two stepped up and it definitely helped us get over that hump.”
Liber had a team-high 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had a pair of steals. Laub came off the bench to score 10 points, including her first varsity 3-pointer and six straight points in the fourth.
“When I first get into games it’s a little scary, but I know my teammates are behind me and always have my back,” Laub said. “I think playing so much growing up, I really didn’t think about what I was doing.”
Avon (3-0, 1-0 SWC) needed the late surge after the Comets (1-1, 1-1) pushed the Eagles through the first half and through the third, trailing just 20-18 at the half and 29-23 heading to the final eight minutes.
It’s no secret that Amherst’s offense runs through 6-foot-1 Amaya Staton and despite being double-teamed most of the night, she scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed six rebounds to keep the Comets close.
“Amaya is going to get that all year,” Amherst coach Jay Valadez said. “She’s going to get doubled and she’s used to it. She knows it’s coming. One thing I thought they (Eagles) did a nice job of was taking her away, outside the paint.
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