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If you want to talk about a group effort, look only as far as Woodmore's girls

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basketball team.

The Wildcats, under second-year coach Kyle Clair, finished the regular season with a 12-8 overall record and a 6-6 mark in the Suburban Lakes League. Their leading scorer doesn't average 15 points a game, or 10, or even eight.

Melissa Busdeker, a 5-7 senior guard, is Woodmore's top scorer with a 7.4 average. The Wildcats' other four starters average between 6.5 and 4.9 points.

"I figured it would be more of a balanced scoring (team)," said Haley Speaker, a 5-8 senior wing who averages 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds. "None of us are necessarily a go-to player. We're more balanced and I like that. No one player has the limelight. I see it more as team unity."

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Every basketball coach wants a player like Jessica Abbey.

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Coaches love athletes who take pride in playing outstanding defense, dive for loose balls, grab some rebounds, make a few steals and chip in around 10 points a game.

Anyone who has followed Lake's girls basketball team this season knows that describes Abbey, the Flyers' 5-8 junior guard.

"She almost never comes out of a game," Lake coach Denny Meyer said. "I compare her to our Heather Cox last year. She does a lot of things people in the stands don't notice, but we coaches do. She never looks tired. She's consistent and does all the little things coaches love to have, but she doesn't get a lot of recognition for doing it."

Abbey, in fact, relishes her role as a defensive stopper. She scored 18 points in one game this season, but that was an aberration.

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Due to her vast improvement from last season, Genoa graduate Brittany Darling

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is well on her way to becoming a NCAA Division I basketball player.

The 6-5 sophomore center on the Owens Community College basketball team is a leading force for the No. 6 ranked team in the country.

Following the team’s second game, where Owens upset National Junior College Athletic Association D-I No. 14 ranked Indian River 69-64 in Fort Pierce, Fla., Darling started getting looks from major colleges.

“(Indian River’s coach) knew the type of team that we had and began talking about our team in his coaching circles, and she therefore started getting inquiries from southern based schools,” said Owens coach Michael Llanas. “It has now circled around and we’re getting Midwest colleges calling.”

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