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A do-it-all defender

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(Kyle Bursaw — kbursaw@shawmedia.com)
DeKalb's Rachel Torres takes a shot at practice at DeKalb High School on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

DeKALB – First-year DeKalb girls basketball coach Chris Davenport will put Rachel Torres anywhere on defense.

Davenport easily could have the senior defend either the point or shooting guard, or the opposing wing. He’s not afraid to have her defend down in the post either.

“If absolutely necessary, she’s tough enough where she can make that adjustment,” said Davenport, who takes over the Barbs’ program after spending last season as an assistant under Ben Bates.

Last year, Torres recorded 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals a game for a DeKalb team that made a super-sectional appearance. Davenport said Torres, who has three years of varsity experience heading into 2012-13, will be able to make the adjustment to defending the post, if it’s necessary, because of her physicality.

“She’s strong physically. She’s strong mentally. She can get in and pound. She’s a physical guard when she defends on the perimeter,” Davenport said. “So, physical contact is something she doesn’t have a problem doing. When you go to the post, you have to make contact, and she doesn’t have a problem doing it.”

While Torres will be key for Davenport on defense, she also is coming off a season in which she averaged 10 points and 3.7 assists a game. This season, Torres will play primarily at the wing position.

Once again, she’s able to help the Barbs in multiple ways on the offensive end.

“She can handle the ball; I can have her bring it up the floor. She can do that,” Davenport said. “If I need her to go to the wing, she can do that. It’s definitely nice having somebody that can do multiple things.”

One aspect of her game Torres feels like she has improved is making decisions with the ball on offense.

In the past, the coaching staff got on her about her decision-making, but Torres’ turnover total went down last year.

The 2012 Daily Chronicle first-team All-Area selection also said she now has become more of a leader after having spent three years on the varsity level already.

“Coming in as a freshman, I didn’t put as much pressure on myself to do good,” Torres said. “Over these past four years, I’ve taken more of a leadership role.”

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