Thursday, February 26, 2009
• Rodgers breaks school scoring mark
By BARRY BURLESON
Traci Rodgers’ basket with 1:22 left Saturday tied the game at 36 and put her name in the Marshall Academy record book.
The putback under the goal in the Class AA state championship contest gave her 2,575 career points, surpassing Megan Teel’s 2,573.
“It really hasn’t hit me yet and probably won’t until after the season,” said Rodgers, a senior.
The Lady Patriots, who lost 39-36 to Leake Academy and finished second in the state, advance to the Mississippi Private School Association Overall Tournament this week at Mississippi College. Rodgers will also play in the MPSA all-star game.
“I really didn’t know I was close (to the record) until back when I reached 2,000 points,” she said. “It was not my first priority.”
Most of all she thanks her teammates.
“My teammates have been so supportive through this,” Rodgers said. “I appreciate them and how hard they’ve played.”
Craig Dailey, head coach of the Lady Patriots, said Rodgers is a special player and a great person.
“First of all, to pass a player of Megan’s status, that says enough. That’s high cotton,” he said.
“It’s an example of endurance over time – to be able to play that many games at a high offensive level.
“I’ve had some great ones, and Traci is right up there with the best.”
Teel is a 1998 graduate of Marshall Academy. She went on to play four years at Delta State University.
“I did not get to get to see Traci play, but this was her spotlight, and I send my congratulations to her,” Teel said. “All records were made to be broken. I wish her well.
“I also remind her, that 10 years from now, she won’t remember how many points she had. But you will remember the championships – that’s what you carry with you. It’s about the team accomplishments, what you gain from playing with others.”
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