By Tim O’Brien
The Beverly Review

After Isis Rodriguez, the program’s all-time leading scorer, graduated in the spring, the Morgan Park Academy (MPA) basketball team knew no player would be able to fill the void; it would have to be a team effort.

However, through the early weeks of the season, senior Amaya McLachlan has embraced a huge role, averaging over 30 points for MPA.

Helping take down Mooseheart on Nov. 29, McLachlan scored 28 points and added 7 rebounds and 5 steals as host MPA rolled to a 60-32 nonconference victory.

“I knew I would have to play a bigger role,” McLachlan said. “But, I was ready for it. I have my teammates, and we’re all working hard together to make sure we keep winning.”

With her expected bigger role, McLachlan spent much of her offseason working on her shooting and ball-handling. For the senior forward, the hard work has proven to be the difference-maker.

“I’m more aggressive. I feel like I’m not thinking as much,” McLachlan said. “I’m just playing every game like it’s my last.”

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