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March 12, 2014

Perseverance pays off for seniors

AVON — It’s been a long and sometimes rough road for Brownsburg’s six seniors. The group of Trevor Lucas, Tyler Houston, Kyle Hathaway, Andrew Hubley, Sam Comer and Kyle Thompson has been around for three coaches in the last three years.

Figuring out different offensive and defensive schemes hasn’t always been easy, but the players continued to give it their best.

“It’s been a tough transition because all three coaches (have) had completely different coaching and teaching styles,” Lucas said.

Under seven-year Brownsburg coach Joshua Kendrick, their sophomore season ended with a 53-24 loss to Ben Davis in the second round of sectionals. Kendrick was replaced by former Butler University defensive standout Ronald Nored.

Nored was with the team just one season, and that campaign concluded with a 55-53 loss to Decatur Central. However, Brownsburg finished with its first winning season in three years.

This season, under first-year coach Steve Lynch, Brownsburg took home its first sectional title since the state championship run of 2007-08.

“I’m really happy for the kids,” Lynch said. “They haven’t controlled their circumstances in terms who’s been their coach. I’m just happy for them that things went well.”

Lynch complimented the seniors and their work ethic toward learning and improving this season. The end result cannot be questioned, as Brownsburg sits 21-2 with a spot in Saturday’s Southport regional.

“They bought in quickly,” Lynch said. “We gave them some things to believe in and then for them to have this opportunity and to take advantage of it, I’m very happy for our seniors.”

For the group of six, the culmination of their dedication to the process and program has paid dividends. Thompson reflected after their sectional win about what the victory meant.

“With the game coming down to the end and us hitting free throws, I was thinking about what we’ve been through in the past three years with three different coaches,” Thompson said. “With fellow seniors Tyler Houston and Trevor Lucas on the floor with me then, it kind of made up for the stuff that happened the past three years.”

— Follow Hendricks County Flyer sports editor Jake Thompson on Twitter @JacobEThompson.

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