Lauren Leach was a pleasant surprise last season as just a freshman for the Hornets as they stormed to a Sectional title before falling short in the Regional night game opposite Marion.
Leach’s 4.1 point, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assist numbers are not the highest you will find among the area’s top 50 players, but she was consistently an important part of the big Angola moments of the season as one of just three players to play in all 27 games in the season. She went scoreless just three times and scored a season best 11 points opposite Woodlan and pulled down eight rebounds on four different occasions with five assists on three occasions.
She is listed at 5-foot-10, but is long at that height and makes good use of her length, especially defensively. She is a shot and pass changer because of her ability to move around and effect things on defense with that length and her high effort. Leach is a multi-purpose tool for Angola who just does a little bit of everything along the way.
“In my mind she is our most versatile player who can guard every position on the floor 1-5. As a freshman last year she got the bulk of the load having to guard a lot of 5’s we faced and did an outstanding job,” Angola coach Brandon Appleton says. “She’s a great passer and has an incredible basketball IQ. What many don’t realize is how well she can shoot, but she’s okay if that’s not her role. Her future is bright.”