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  • Hoover hopes to deliver pregnant coach a victory in regional play

  • Hoover girls basketball coach Abbey Allerding is six-months pregnant, and her Hoover team has advanced to regional play, where it hopes to deliver her a victory.

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  • During the day Abbey Allerding gets plenty of practice using simple math. The Hoover High School girls basketball coach is a stay-at-home mom with twin 18-month-old boys.
    She can look at tournament results and relatively quickly find out there is a good chance tonight’s regional semifinal against Reynoldsburg isn’t going to have a lot of points. Hoover is playing a team that won its fourth district title in a row over the weekend.
    And Reynoldsburg did it by beating four teams by an average score of 84.5-17. However, Columbus does a super district, where all teams are seeded.
    Reynoldsburg was the top-seeded team and beat No. 42 Franklin Heights 105-11 in the first game. Then handled No. 43 Columbus West 109-16 before beating up No. 17 Olentangy Liberty 62-22 and winning the district against No. 23 Upper Arlington 62-19.
    Even little Peyton and Cameron Allerding know those are wide point margins.
    “It is a strong defense,” Allerding said. “We have to come out and execute offensively, but we also have to play strong defensively. We’re going to go down there and play hard.”
    Hoover heads to Otterbein University for the 6:15 game tonight. The Vikings are coming off an uncharacteristically low-scoring win against Lake, 39-36. It may take that kind of effort to win in the regional semifinal. The winner will play Gahanna Lincoln-Olentangy Orange winner Friday night at 7:15 at the same site.
    Allerding is in an unusual position. She is a first-year head coach in a regional tournament ... and she’s six months pregnant. In addition to keeping up with two twins, with much help from her husband Brian, she is coaching and carrying a baby.
    “It’s handful at the same time with twins, coaching and having our third baby,” she said. “At the same time, it’s a lot of fun. It’s a family affair. They come to a lot of the games and my husband does a great job getting them there and watching them during the games.”
    Allerding did talk with doctors to make sure there were no health risks coaching. After all, basketball coaches can get intense during a game. She said she has yet to feel the baby move during a game, but afterward, the baby seems to celebrate victories.
    “I asked them, just to make sure, it was OK to yell during games,” Allerding said. “They said there’s no risk.”
    This isn’t the first time she coached with child. She carried the twins two years ago while coaching at Perry High School.
    Allerding, who was Abbey Moore when she starred at Hoover, isn’t alone on the bench, either. Her brother, Christopher, and her father are also assistants.
    Those can make for interesting conversations when daughter is letting off steam during the heat of the battle and her father is on the receiving end.
    Page 2 of 2 - “He jokes that he has to remember that he’s also my assistant coach,” Allerding said. “When it gets to game time, we all respect each other enough to recognize it gets heated at times. And that’s OK. We’re just trying to help each other.”
    It doesn’t hurt, either, that Allerding is coaching a team full of teenage girls. She has willing and able baby sitters on the bench.
    “The girls are wonderful with my little boys,” Allerding said. “I’m lucky to have 14 girls who are willing to love our kids and be a part of our family. They were excited when they heard I was pregnant and now they’re all trying to guess what it will be.”
    Right now, what would make everyone in Hoover’s locker room happy would be to deliver a win against Reynoldsburg.

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