Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Are Adjusting to Life after Livy Players Finding Success with `New Roles'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Are Adjusting to Life after Livy Players Finding Success with `New Roles'

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The Orchard Farm High girls basketball team has been spoiled.

"For the past four years, this team has relied on Livy Cody to do most of the ballhandling," coach Nick Walls said. "The girls on this team looked to Livy, especially in tough situations.

"But Livy has graduated and her graduation has left us with a big hole to fill. We're asking players to fill new roles and there are some major adjustments that need to be made."

The Eagles, off to a 4-2 start, have been coming along. But the adjustment period isn't over yet.

"We won our own tournament and then we beat Fort Zumwalt North," Walls said. "Since then, we've played against Francis Howell North and Wentzville and we were just overmatched.

"We're getting better, but it's going to take some time."

Walls is in a one-year coaching situation, filling in for Robin Steinhoff.

"Robin has taken off a year to be with her twins," said Walls, who has coached a number of sports at Orchard Farm. "It's a different situation, but we're doing the best we can to keep the program headed in the right direction."

Walls, who coached eight years of varsity boys basketball at Chaffee, Gainesville and Bourbon high schools before coming to Orchard Farm, is also adjusting to coaching girls.

"The tempo of the game is different," he said. "It definitely takes some getting used to."

The Eagles, who finished 14-13 a year ago, return a number of players from that team, including senior starters Sarah Brashears and Lindsay Smith.

Brashears, a 5-foot-9 forward, is a fourth-year varsity player. She averaged four points and six rebounds a game last year. Smith, a 5-7 guard, is the team's top outside scoring threat. She averaged nearly 10 points a game as a junior.

Michelle Poynter has the biggest adjustment to make this season. A 5-7 senior, she's the team's new point guard.

"We're asking a lot of Michelle and she's coming along well," Walls said. …

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