KNOX — With just under seven minutes left in the first half Tuesday night, Lady Falcons’ senior guard Kyler Columbia drained a three-pointer at Knox.
It was not just another of the many triples she’s hit during her high school career. Rather, this one had significant meaning. That’s because it made her part of an illustrious group at Glenn. She joined the 1,000-point club.
Columbia is now one of just four 1,000-point scorers in the history of Glenn girls basketball. In fact, she ranks as the school’s third all-time leading scorer with 1,003 points.
I had a chance to speak with the soft-spoken Columbia outside of Glenn’s locker room following her team’s 52-36 win over Knox, which ran the Lady Falcons’ record to 20-2 on the season – the 2014-15 team is only the second in school history to reach the 20-win mark.
Not surprising whatsoever, Columbia immediately credited her teammates for her accomplishment.
“I wouldn’t have been able to achieve it without my past and present teammates,” she said. “It was very special.”
During our conversation, it became very apparent just how important scoring 1,000 points in her career really is to the 5-foot-4 sharp-shooter. The tears welled up in her eyes and started steaming down her face as I continued questioning her.
You see this was a goal Columbia set when she was a freshman starter on Glenn’s varsity team. She knew it was awfully lofty. In fact, she described it as “way out there.”
It might have felt that way four years ago and even after her junior season. After all, had Columbia not upped her scoring average this season, she never would’ve joined the elusive club.
No doubt scoring 1,000 points in a player’s high school career is quite the individual achievement and one Columbia will forever hold dear. With that said, knowing her, I’m sure she would trade the accomplishment for a long run in the upcoming state tournament.
You see, as much as Columbia and her four other senior teammates have achieved during their high school careers there is still some unfinished business.
That unfinished business is winning a sectional championship game. Glenn is 0-3 in its last three sectional appearances.
Ending that drought won’t be easy. The Lady Falcons’ sectional-opening opponent is No. 2 South Bend St. Joseph.
If Glenn stuns the Indians, it will have a chance to make history. Glenn has never won a Class 3A sectional in girls basketball. In fact, the program has only won two 3A sectional contests ever.
Some may think Glenn’s chances against mighty St. Joe and its two Division One-bound players are slim. Perhaps the odds aren’t good, but don’t bet against Columbia and the rest of the Lady Falcons.
You see they’ve put Glenn girls basketball back on the map. Over the last two years, the Lady Falcons have won 35 games and lost six. They’ve won two straight Goshen Holiday tournaments, this year’s Bi-County and if they beat Culver Friday night, they’ll win their second straight Northern State Conference crown, a feat Glenn hasn’t accomplished since 1998-99. Not bad for a group that won a total of four varsity games as freshmen.
So congrats to No. 34. She has made a lasting impression on Glenn basketball and is very deserving of being one of the school’s most prolific scorers.