After opening its 2009-10 season with a tough road loss to Penncrest, the Avon Grove High School basketball team bounced back strong to break into the win column for the first time.
Avon Grove overcame a halftime deficit this past Tuesday night to score a convincing 72-57 nonleague win over visiting Unionville at Avon Grove High School.
The Red Devils (1-1 overall) trailed by five points at the intermission, but dominated the second half. The bulk of their damage was done in third quarter as they outscored Unionville 20-6 over the course of that eight-minute frame.
Senior guard Jordan Harris led Avon Grove with a game-high 27 points. Senior forward Warren Williams finished with 15 points, and junior Kevin Pankonien added nine. Brandon Monk and Larry Jackson both chipped in with five points.
Avon Grove had 13 steals on the night as that helped them overcome a 34-29 halftime deficit.
"The tempo was great. We were able to dictate the tempo and play the game at our speed," said Avon Grove head coach Jeff Bowlby. "We're trying to push the ball because we don't have the same size we've had in years past."
The Red Devils are coming off their best season in well over a decade. Last year Avon Grove finished with a winning record for the first time in well over 10 years, and their 14-victory campaign earned them a berth into the District 1 Class AAAA playoffs.
It's a different squad this year, as graduation always alters a team, but there is plenty of talent back this winter.
"We've changed a lot since last year," said Bowlby. "We are still feeling things out at this point, but we're a good team and it's gonna show. It's good to get this win tonight."