HINCKLEY – Last season, Hinckley-Big Rock forward Abbie Tosch was stuck in the shadow of Kaitlin Phillips and Katie Hollis.
In 2011-12, Phillips was the Royals’ go-to scorer, earning Daily Chronicle Player of the Year honors while averaging 17.5 points per game. Katie Hollis was the Royals’ second offensive threat, and the player H-BR really tried to get the ball to down in the post.
This season, H-BR, a program coming off six consecutive regional championships, is in a transition year, and Tosch is facing a change herself.
A year ago, she was focused on playing defense and getting the ball to the Royals’ two stars. This season, Tosch is going to have to worry about getting some baskets herself for a young H-BR squad. She’ll also be focused on getting the ball to her teammates, as she did a year ago.
“I think I’m going to have to score some big points,” Tosch said. “Work on that, stay focused.”
Playing defense wasn’t a problem for Tosch last season. Royals coach Greg Burks said there were times last year when he would put Tosch up against the opponent’s best post player, and H-BR’s fifth-year coach said the forward did an “admirable” job.
This year, Tosch will be counted on defensively once again while being one of the team’s offensive weapons.
Burks said the year of experience on the varsity will help Tosch during her senior campaign.
“For her, it’s kind of just a year older, or year more mature, type thing,” Burks said. “You see that every team deals with that in every sport, you get players that mature as they come through the ranks. ... That’s what every team does every year. They have players that had one role the year before, and now step into a different role.”