Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trojanettes Senior Is Team-Minded

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Trojanettes Senior Is Team-Minded

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Sarah Lawrence, the senior leader of the Troy Buchanan girls basketball team, isn't scoring as much as she did last year. And it doesn't bother her a bit.

"I've had people tell me that I should be shooting more, but it's not something I worry about," said Sarah, 17. "When I get the ball, the only thing I think about is getting my team a chance to score. I really don't care about my stats; all I'm worried about is winning.

"Last year, I was really the only player with any varsity experience, so it was important for me to be more of a scorer. But with basically the same team back, we're a lot more balanced this season. If the shot's there, I'll take it; but if somebody else is open, I'm going to get them the ball." Sarah's team-first approach has limited her individual numbers; she's scoring about 14 points a game after averaging 15.6 a contest last season. But her assists have gone up to nearly seven a game from 4.3 while the Trojanettes are enjoying some outstanding team results. Troy, ranked four th in the latest Post-Dispatch large-schools poll, improved to 20-3 with a 52-43 victory over visiting Union on Thursday. The Trojanettes recently won the 17th Maryville University Tournament, knocking off area powers Visitation, Cor Jesu and St. Joseph's. "That was a big tournament for us, especially at this point of the season," Sarah said. "Those are the types of teams that knocked us off in the past, but we're playing with a lot of confidence right now. We're playing some great team basketball, and we've shown that we can compete with the best teams in the area. "At the start of the season, we all sat down and wrote down our team goals. We set our sights pretty high, but so far, we seem to be right on track." Sarah, a 5-foot-7 guard-forward, credits her team's togetherness for playing a big role in its success this season. The Trojanettes have virtually grown up together over the past couple of seasons. "We graduated one senior, so this is basically the same team we had last year (when they finished 13-13 overall and 5-3 in the Gateway Athletic Conference)," she said. …

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