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Johnson Breaks Scoring Record
Posted Dec 29, 2006
Brittany Johnson of Olney, Ill., becomes the all-time leading prep basketball scorer in the state of Illinois.
NORMAL, Ill. – On what she would later describe as a "lucky shot,"
of East Richland High School in Olney, Ill., has surpassed Williamsville’s Angie Sapp-Hartman to become Illinois’ all-time career prep basketball scoring leader.
Johnson, who now has 3,418 career points, broke the all-time Illinois record on a conventional three-point play with 4:59 remaining in the third quarter of a quarterfinal victory over Camp Point Central in the State Farm Holiday Classic Girl's A tournament at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena. She was fouled while making a 12-foot jumper. Johnson had tied the career scoring mark in the final minute of the second quarter on a rebound put-back basket off a missed free throw.
The No. 34 prospect in the 2007 class, according to HoopGurlz.com, Johnson finished the game with 31 points on 10-of-20 shooting. She was a perfect 11 for 11 from the free-throw line. Johnson also had 11 rebounds and four blocks.
“It’s cool to break the record, but we still have to focus on other things," said Johnson, who will play next season at Ohio State. "I’m happier about winning the game.”
Johnson's record-breaking feat came while wearing the No. 24 jersey of Tigers sophomore Tara Pool. Johnson was cut in the final minute of the first quarter and had to exit the game to change from her usual No. 40 jersey. She returned after a minute lapsed in the second quarter.
“It felt weird," Johnson said of wearing No. 24. "I’m used to my number.”
Johnson, a 5-foot-10 senior, entered this year with 2,829 points, which ranked No. 8 among the all-time Illinois’ girl’s basketball leaders. In the 2005-06 season, she averaged 31.7 points, seven rebounds, three assists and 3.8 steals.
During the 2006-07 season, Johnson so far has 589 points (36.8 points per game) in leading the Tigers to a 16-0 start. Johnson surpassed Illinois’ all-time boy's state leader Charlie Vaughn (Tamms High School) when she scored a State Farm Holiday Classic single-game girl's tournament record 38 points in a first-round win Dec. 27. Sapp’s career mark of 3,403 points was amassed while Sapp played at Williamsville in 1989-93.
“It was fitting for her to break the record on that type of play where she got bodied off the ball and still sank the shot," East Richland coach Curtis Dobb said of Johnson. "Her record over four years is solid. She can go inside, outside, can take you off the dribble. Her teammates did a great job getting her the ball, and they hit some big shots early so (the opponent) couldn’t focus completely on Brittany and double- or triple-team her.”
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