Girls basketball: Avon rallies in final quarter to beat Avon Lake

James Brady
The Chronicle–Telegram

 

AVON LAKE — Anything the boys can do the girls can do, too.

One night after Avon’s boys beat Avon Lake 46-43, the girls came back from eight points down midway through the fourth quarter to beat the Shoregals 46-45 in Southwestern Conference play Wednesday night.

“I just can’t applaud the girls more for their fight from start to finish,” Eagles coach Meghan Banks said. “I know the girls had momentum coming in today after the boys game (Tuesday night). They wanted to represent their community well and they did a very good job of it.”

Avon Lake (9-3, 6-3) built two leads in the first half, going up 15-6 off five early points by Emma Knick, who had a 3-pointer and finished with 10 points.

The Shoregals stayed up 18-11 following three free throws from Corey Kroneker with 3:10 left in the first half, but Avon pulled off its first comeback with a 10-2 run to close the half, as Ashee Torbert hit a three and Alyssa Peganoff scored the final seven points.

Neither team led by more than three in the third quarter until Abbey Liber scored on a buzzer-beating putback to bring Avon within 34-32 of the Avon Lake lead.

“We’ve been in situations like this before where we have been down and mentally, we would stay down,” Liber said. “We knew if we stayed positive, we could come through and get this one.”

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