Girls Basketball: Luxton ready to utilize superior height

Junior Abby Luxton puts up a shot over an Ottawa defender. Luxton 6-foot-1 frame will make her a prime scorer and rebounder for the varsity team next year. (Photo by Marcy DeLille)

6-foot-1 center shooting for more points, rebounds next season

Lady Hub basketball player Abby Luxton filled a dual role with the Rochelle Township High School sophomore and varsity teams this past season. Luxton used her height, length and skills to become a leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker at the sophomore level. The 6-foot-1 center will look to make a greater impact as a junior on the varsity team this coming season.

Luxton began the season as a varsity starter during the Forreston Thanksgiving Tournament, eventually settling into a frontcourt role off the bench. Operating inside the painted area, Luxton chipped in during several varsity games, scoring nine points against Mendota and totaling seven rebounds in a loss against Oregon during the KSB Dixon Holiday Classic this past winter.

“I thought I played well, but there are many things I want to improve on,” Luxton said. “I thought I did well in scoring the ball and maintaining high energy throughout our games. Next year, I want to become more aggressive offensively and defensively. I also want to use my height to my advantage more often. I believe we had great chemistry throughout the season, but we can definitely make improvements. I expect everybody to come into next season with more energy.”

Luxton’s interior presence fueled the Lady Hub sophomore team to a second-place finish in the Rochelle Holiday Tournament this past season. Her winning efforts included scoring 20 points on only nine baskets in a victory against Genoa-Kingston. Competition and victories have been great motivators for Luxton since she took up basketball in seventh grade. Luxton will look to help the Lady Hub varsity team bounce back from two straight single-digit win seasons.

“I would like to score more and grab more rebounds during games,” Luxton said. “Reaching my goals will require more practice and dedication. I feel my teammates and I were able to take advantage of each other’s strengths and weaknesses throughout the season. I think an improvement for next season will be not getting discouraged with ourselves or each other.”

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