Lakeview guard turns season around

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:08 am on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lakeview’s Megan Leach drives the ball to the hoop during a game this season.

LAKEVIEW — At the start of the girls basketball season, Megan Leach was not doing as well as she would have liked.

“I started off not as well as I should have,” Leach admitted. “I’ve stepped up my game a lot.”

Has she ever. In her last three games with the Lakeview Wildcats, she scored 22, 20 and 13 points. The 13 was in a blowout win over Hesperia in which she played in only half the game.

Currently Leach averages 10 points and four assists per game.

“I just didn’t score as much as I needed to,” Leach said. “I wasn’t as aggressive as I should have been, but I am now.”

Leach said her main improvement is rebounding.

“I box out more than I did before,” she said.

Leach thinks she is a college player.

“I hope I can go far,” she said. “I like basketball a lot.”

Her coach, Corey Kohler, agrees.

“I think she can definitely play at the next level,” Kohler said. “I think she’s turned the corner in the last few weeks in her commitments. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to play at the next level.”

Kohler has also noticed the change in Leach.

“She’s been a rock all year and in the last few ball games she has stepped her game up,” he said. “She seems to make the game easier on everybody around her.”

Kohler calls Leach a “quiet leader.”

“She’s a leader but she’s not real vocal,” he said. “She certainly makes right decisions on the court and off the court.”

Leach plays an important part of the offense, Kohler said.

“It’s hard to break the press without her,” he said. “She does so much for us.”

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