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Teha Richards, Zach Brown
2/26/2012 2:11:00 PM
By Kyle Shaner
– While every team has players who fill various roles, they all look for someone who can help get things going for them.
Both of this week’s
athletes of the week have been key components of their teams’ success, helping to get their respective squads going each game.
This week’s Daily Advocate athletes of the week are Ansonia boys basketball player Zach Brown and Tri-Village girls basketball player Teha Richards.
Richards is both second in scoring and assists for Tri-Village with 9.9 points per game and 3.1 assists per game, both of which put her in the top 10 among all Darke County girls basketball players. In addition to her offensive presence, she also is a great defender, Tri-Village girls basketball coach Brad Gray said.
“Teha has been our second leading scorer this year, but more importantly than that, she has been a lock-down defender for us,” Gray said. “She gets us going offensively because she forces the opposing team into a lot of turnovers that lead to direct baskets for us.”
Richards, a junior for Tri-Village, is in her third season of varsity basketball and second year as a starting guard. She has been a major contributor to the Lady Patriots’ success, Gray said, as they have made two trips to the regional tournament and are looking to go even farther this season.
“Offensively, Teha is a player who can score points in bunches,” Gray said. “She has a good all-around offensive game in that she can get to the rim, has a nice mid range game and can knock down the 3-point shot. She also uses her quickness to score baskets in transition, which is a huge part of what we like to do as a team.”
Brown also has established himself as one of the top players in Darke County basketball, scoring 10 points per game as a senior, which puts him among the top 10 in the county. He also averages 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game from his guard position.
“Zach has put together some good games here recently,” Ansonia boys basketball coach Darrick Barga said. “He continues to work hard and improve, leading by example for his team. I am proud of his leadership and work ethic, putting in extra time outside of practice to improve.”
In his final home game as a Tiger against rival Mississinawa Valley, Brown had 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, including going 2-for-4 behind the 3-point arc. He pulled down seven rebounds, had three assists and had one steal as he helped his team past the Blackhawks with a 56-35 win.
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