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Player of the Week: Abby Hattaway, Florence

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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 4:30 am | Updated: 11:38 am, Wed Sep 3, 2014.

If the Florence Lady Buffs didn’t have another player score, they still would have won.

Abby Hattaway scored 17 points and hit five 3-pointers and single-handedly outscored Bartlett as the Lady Buffs won 41-16 on Nov. 20.

She finished 5-of-9 behind the arc and Florence opened up the game on a 18-0 run.

For that performance Hattaway was voted the KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week for Nov. 17-23.

“She has worked really hard on her game and she is one of our kids that play in summer league,” said Florence coach Drake Stanczak. “She has really improved and worked hard on her shot — especially from behind the 3-point line.”

In all, Hattaway received 439 of the 708 total votes cast — 62 percent of the vote.

“When we play a team that plays a lot of zone, we are going to get some good looks from out there and Abby is one the girls we have confidence that can make that shot,” Stanczak said. “She has grown a lot from last year and is going to hit on those open looks.

“If she hits her first one, we usually know she is going to have a good night.”

Hattaway has been instrumental in the Lady Buffs’ turnaround this season. With a split Thursday with a win over Rosebud-Lott and a loss to Jarrell, Florence is 6-3 this season, after going 9-20 a year ago.

Hattaway is one of seven seniors one the team, four of which start, including Chelsey Lansford, Nikki Morgan and Megan George. Shali Simpson is the lone junior to start for the Lady Buffs.

“It all comes down to dedication,” Stanczak said. “We have a good senior class that plays in the summer leagues every year and they are a great team to have.

“I am going to really miss this senior class when they are gone.”

Hornets quarterback Cole Edmiston was nominated after accounting for four more touchdowns and 306 total yards in a playoff win over Vernon.

The senior quarterback carried 18 times for 161 yards and three touchdowns and also was 10 of 21 passing for 145 yards and two scores in the Hornets 3A area win over the Lions. The Hornets improved their record to 12-0 heading into Friday night’s regional-round game against Monahans in Abliene.

Edmiston finished with 207 votes, accounting for 29 percentage of the total vote.

Other nominees included Shoemaker junior Shane Johnson, who averaged 24 points per game as the Grey Wolves defeated Waco University and San Angelo Central and Ellison sophomore post Jordana Porter, who averaged 14 points per game as the Lady Eagles defeated Waco University and Waco.

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