When you look at the top programs in the area over the past two season, Central Noble has to come to the forefront. With a state title and a semi state appearance under their belts, the program will rebuild a lot this coming season. But one constant that will return is Lydia Andrews, who will be playing her third varsity season as just a junior.
Andrews was kind of the sixth man two years ago, playing about 10 minutes per game as the Cougars claimed the Class 2A state crown. That changed last year; the graduation of Calista Rice opened the door for Andrews to become a steady force in the starting lineup. Her numbers, 4.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, served their purpose. Behind the school’s top two scorers and number one rebounder in history, numbers were not important for Andrews. But what was important was the steady hand and consistency she provided. On a team that lost just one game last season, Andrews played a co-team high 27.1 minutes per game, showcasing the coaching staff’s need to have her on the floor.
What she does on the floor is multi-dimensional. Andrews is strong and consistent defender. In fact, consistent and steady are the two words used for her for a reason. Andrews has a high basketball I.Q. and a desire to contribute what she needs to when she needs to. Her assignments will change as a junior as one of the program’s top players but Andrews is one to be ready for the challenges.
“Lydia is an all purpose player who does a little bit of everything making it difficult to take her off the floor. She spent the offseason working on her offensive game,” says Central Noble coach Josh Treesh.