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Athlete of the week: Avon's Sees leading Pirates as sophomore standout

AVON--In her sophomore season, Avon's Lauren Sees has been orchestrating the offense for the potent Pirates' attack. The 5-foot-9 point guard put together two strong postseason games and has the Avon girls basketball team on the brink of making a...

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AVON-In her sophomore season, Avon's Lauren Sees has been orchestrating the offense for the potent Pirates' attack.

The 5-foot-9 point guard put together two strong postseason games and has the Avon girls basketball team on the brink of making a return trip to the Class B state tournament.

In the District 12B semifinals on Feb. 21, Sees scored a game-high 25 points and added eight rebounds as Avon topped Gregory 54-28. She followed up that performance with 17 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals in Avon's 53-43 win over Burke/South Central in the District 12B championship game on Friday.

As a returning starter for the Pirates, who finished fourth at last year's state tournament, Sees has taken her game up to another level, according to Avon head coach Brad Poppe.

"Last year as a freshman, we thought she did things well for us," Poppe said. "We've been happy with how she's been able to see her open teammates. She can create for herself, but also get her teammates involved as well. That makes her a little harder to defend."

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As a freshman, Sees averaged 13.7 points per game and Poppe said his sophomore standout has continued to develop into a well-rounded basketball player.

"She loves being in the gym and she works hard at her game," Poppe said. "The one thing she's really worked hard at is improving her outside shooting and being a little more consistent."

The extra work appears to be paying off for Sees as she has scored in double figures in every game but one for Avon this season.

"She has a lot of speed and quickness," Poppe said. "We're able to get her out in the open court and she can create some things on her own."

For her performances last week and helping Avon win its third straight district title, Sees has been selected as The Daily Republic's athlete of the week, an honor voted upon The Daily Republic's sports staff.

As teams have begun to try and gameplan against Sees, Poppe said the Pirates have worked on finding new ways to get Sees the ball on different positions on the court. He said Sees has been working hard on learning how to post opponents up near the hoop.

"She has the ability to get to the rim, as well as knock down the outside jump shot," Poppe said. "We are trying a lot of different things with her and trying to find ways to get her the basketball."

As a team, Avon (20-2) is averaging 53 points per game this season and the Pirates will enter Thursday's Region 6B title game against Tripp-Delmont/Armour on a 16-game winning streak.

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Avon's last loss came against No. 1 Ethan 60-20 on Jan. 3 at the Corn Palace and the only other loss the Pirates have came against Hanson 58-49.

"We have a lot of girls that are willing to share the basketball," Poppe said. "We have more kids getting involved offensively, but we are still stressing defense. We want to create some offense from our defense, but the girls have just blended well together."

With six seniors and four juniors on the team, Avon has plenty experience and the team has its sights set on returning to the state tournament. Standing in the Pirates way is TDA, which Avon defeated 46-36 on Feb. 10 in Armour.

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