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Abby Lewis

December 12, 2018 10:27 PM

(ABC 6 News)- The Austin Packers girls basketball team is off to a fast start on the court this season, with a 5-1 record, and their senior sharp-shooting forward and captain, Abby Lewis, the Packers are staying in the race in the Big 9 standings.

“She’s a fast, athletic girl,” Packers Senior Forward, Claire Heichel said. 

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“She’s a three-sport athlete, she’s a runner first, so her conditioning is always there,” Packers head Coach Eric Zoske said. 

Lewis is also part of the Packers cross-country and track & field team, this year Lewis finished in 15th place in the Section 1AA cross country championship, earning herself a spot at the state meet, marking her fifth state appearance.

“I definitely have a lot more endurance during the game to just keep fighting,” Lewis said.

However, that is not all she has.

“She’s 5’11” she’s got long arms, she’s a tough girl to guard because her shot is really high,” Zoske said. 

“She can shoot over smaller defenders, (too).  Two years ago Abby broke the school record with 53 three-pointers, last year she broke her own record with 67 three-pointers. I think she’s six or seven away from breaking the all-time three-point made shots here for Austin.”

Her scoring ability hasn’t stopped this season, on Friday Lewis led the Packers in scoring with four three-pointers.

“She scored 18 points in the first half (against Winona),” Zoske said.

Helping her team not only win over Winona (86-36) but helping her team reach a new school record of 86 points, the most points scored in a game for Austin.

“When she gets going she hits some three’s and it’s really hard to guard her,” Zoske said.  “I’m glad she’s on my team and I don’t have to coach against her.”

For Lewis though, it’s not just about her.

“For me, it’s mostly about the team, obviously I have goals for myself sometimes, but mostly (it’s my goal to) win,” Lewis said.   It’s mostly my goal (to play together and win) rather than how much I score.”

“She’s always making sure to not be so selfish, she’s definitely a team player,” Heichel said.  “Abby is a super encouraging player, whenever you’re out on the court and feeling down about yourself, Abby is always there to pick you up.”

“If there’s a strength of Abby she’s going to go down as one of the greatest shooters we’ve seen,” Zoske said.

So far this season Lewis totals 65 points, averages 10.8 points per game, shoots 71 percent from the free-throw line and totals 29 three-point shots.

Lewis and the Packers return to the hardwood Friday against Mankato West, the fourth-ranked team in Class AAA basketball.  Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Austin High School.

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