The AuSable Valley girls’ basketball team earned a spot in Saturday’s Class C final four after defeating No. 1-ranked Hoosic Valley.
Sophomore Meghan Strong, the Patriots (19-2) leading scorer on the season with an average of 14.1 points per game, only accounted for nine points in the victory; however, her ideal ball-handling ability and defensive leadership helped her team to victory.
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“We definitely played a strong defensive game (against Hoosic Valley),” Strong said. “I don’t like to focus on my points so much, I think me driving to the hoop allowed us to get better shot opportunities.”
Although Strong is only a sophomore, she is the team’s most vocal player on defense, and handles the majority of the ball-handling duties. She has also excelled at connecting on shots from behind the arc, as she is one of the best in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference with 42 made 3-pointers. In a victory against Lake Placid this season she hit a season-high five 3-pointers.
The majority of Strong’s offensive opportunities; however, come from her ability to drive to the basket. When she gets into the lane she is able to go all the way for a layup or find a teammate for an open look.
“She’s very confident as our main ball handler,” fellow sophomore Madison Rondeau said.
“She is the main part of our team, it wouldn’t be the same without her,” junior Logan Snow added. “She is a great ball handler and 3-point shooter.
Coach Roger Long believes Strong is the “glue” to his team because of the way she runs the offense and leads his defense.
“Everyone has lapses on defense, but with Meghan she always seems to be in the right place at the right time,” Long said. “And she is great at controlling the tempo throughout the course of the game.”