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Avancini Signs with Lady Flames

April 15, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty head coach Carey Green has signed five players for the 2009-10 season.

Liberty head coach Carey Green has signed five players for the 2009-10 season.

Continuing a recent recruiting trend, the Liberty women's basketball team received a commitment from another Virginia high school standout today. Head coach Carey Green announced that Brittany Avancini of Floyd, Va., has signed a national letter of intent for the 2009-10 academic year.

Avancini, a 5-8 shooting guard, was a two-time Virginia High School Coaches Association Group A Division 2 State Player of the Year during her career at Floyd County High School. She becomes the fifth player on the Lady Flames' anticipated 2009-10 roster who played high school basketball within the Commonwealth of Virginia. The list also includes fellow incoming freshman Jelena Antic (Skopje, Macedonia – Liberty Christian Academy) and returnees Kylee Beecher (Roanoke, Va. – Hidden Valley HS), Devon Brown (Waynesboro, Va. – Waynesboro HS) and Brittany Campbell (Rustburg, Va. – Brookville HS).

"We're excited to have another Virginia State Player of the Year coming to Liberty," remarked Green. "Brittany was recently named the Group A Division 2 State Player of the Year for the second straight season, joining Jelena, who was voted the Virginia Independent Schools Girls' Basketball Association Division I Player of the Year."

Avancini, who scored a school-record 1,510 points during her career with the Buffaloes, posted 16.0 ppg, 5.0 apg, 5.0 spg and 3.0 rpg as a senior. Two of the best performances of her career came in the semifinal and final rounds of the 2008 VHSL Group A Division 2 state tournament. Then a junior, Avancini poured in 31 points in each game, helping Floyd County take home the state title.

"We are always happy to keep great in-state talent here at Liberty," Green stated. "Brittany possesses the ability to score in a variety of ways. She has nice three-point range, scores off penetration and also sees the floor well. Her work ethic and competitiveness will continue to add to the future success of Liberty women's basketball."

Floyd County won 107 games during Avancini's four seasons on the roster and advanced to the final four of the state tournament all four years. The Buffaloes were state runners-up in both 2007 and 2009.

"Brittany comes from an extremely successful program," said Green. "Her winning traditions will be a welcome addition to the Lady Flames."

Avancini is the fifth incoming freshman to ink with the Lady Flames for the 2009-10 campaign, joining early signees Antic, Carra Coy (Summerville, S.C.), Angie Ramey (Clarksville, Tenn.) and LaKendra Washington (Milwaukee, Wis.). The newcomers will join a Liberty team which went 24-9 and won its 12th Big South title in the last 13 seasons this past year.