Girls basketball: Avon flourishing using team-first approach

Todd Shapiro
The Chronicle-Telegram


AVON — Sacrificing individual stats and achievements in favor of team goals has been the focus since coach Meghan Larrick took over the Avon program 11 years ago.

The 2019-20 version of the Eagles is no exception.

Avon only has one player, sophomore Abby Liber, who is averaging more than eight points, but thanks to stellar defense and unselfish play, the Eagles are 11-5 and winners of six of their last seven games. If Avon can continue to play at this level, a trip to the district finals for the first time since 2017 could be in the future.

“The girls buy into being part of a team and program and committing to playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back of the jersey,” Larrick said.

Senior Ashlee Torbert, one of only two seniors to play in every game this season, said the Eagles have such a talented roster that it makes it easier to play team-first basketball.

“This is a very talented team,” said Torbert, who’s averaging 6.5 points and 3.8 assists. “We know we have to get all of the talent to work together. We can’t be a one-woman show.”

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