Cox Named ‘Character Counts Athlete’ by VYPE Oklahoma

The Claremore Character Counts Award goes to girls’ basketball player Abbey Cox.
Abbey is a junior combo guard for a Claremore team that is 7-9 so far this season. Cox is the leading scorer for the Lady Zebras averaging 15 points per game. Cox is also a leader for Claremore.

“I’m the vocal leader,” said Cox, “it’s my job as point guard to step up and spread the ball around and also to be a shooter when I get my shot. Nights when things might not be going well, it’s my job to lead the way and fill the void.”

In her leadership role Abbey’s character also shows.

“Character is giving 100 percent; if I’m not giving 100 percent I’m cheating myself, my team and my coach. That’s what I’ve doing all season I think, is giving 100 percent no matter what, I just have to keep my head up and keep going for my team no matter what,” said Cox.


Abbey says she got her character from watching her older sister, Kaleigh, and from her family.

“When my sister played at Claremore four years ago I always looked up to her,” said Cox, “she was such a great leader and I wanted to be just like her. I also get it from my family and my teammates, they hold me accountable.”

Besides basketball Cox plays tennis and is involved in several organizations at Claremore. She’s in the National Honor Society, Student Council, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Abbey’s sports and activities would be enough to keep most people busy, but not her. Cox also works two jobs. Monday-Friday morning before school she works at Gripado’s Doughnuts and Deli and on the weekends she works at LoliPop: A Sweet Boutique. Cox said she works both jobs because she loves to keep busy.

Abbey says she isn’t sure of her future past high school yet. Cox is open to the idea of playing basketball in college, but hasn’t decided if she wants to play yet. Cox is considering business or something in the medical field as a major.

-by VYPE Oklahoma

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