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Slaubaugh has a presence in the post

Wolford forward playing key role for Comets

January 7, 2010
Matt Mullally

Rolette-Wolford forward Allison Slaubaugh may still be an underclassman, but the sophomore has now played over 30 varsity games - all as a starter.

Comet coach Jill Murtaugh is hoping that experience along with Slaubaugh's size and athleticism will equate to a breakout season for No. 45.

"She's averaging 10 rebounds a game, and has been a regular scorer for us,'' Murtaugh said. "We hope she can add to her scoring production. She just needs to trust in her abilities and attack the basket."

When Slaubaugh's done that, she's been a dominant player on the court. She scored a career-high 24 points in a game at Glenburn earlier this season and has scored in double figures four other times.

No doubt there is a big up side to Allison's game, and if she can put the offense with the her rebounding abilities she's going to emerge as one of top players in the district.

"I've talked to her about that and she is working hard toward being (that complete player),' Murtaugh said. "She knows we're leaning on her to score more."

Certainly her 5-9 frame is an advantage in the post, but teams are playing tough defense on Slaubaugh, trying to deny her the ball inside.

Allison admits she must become more aggressive and use her size to create space. If she can do that, she's going to get more opportunities to score.

"She's athletic and has a good vertical leap, so once she gets the ball inside she has a great chance to score, or draw a foul," Murtaugh said.

Slaubaugh is a quiet player, not one to get vocal on the court, but rather let her play do her talking.

"She's a polite kid who works hard, and she has a lot of potential,' Murtaugh said.

And her performance in the post in the second half of the season will play a big part in whether the Comets' can turn things around.



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