It has been a while since I wrote anything about my kids and our basketball lives but for the last while basketball has kept us very busy.
After breaking his leg and requiring surgery in their last game of football this season we didn’t think that my son, Daxon, would be playing basketball at all this season. But he had a great physio-therapist that worked him hard but also made sure that he didn’t do too much too soon and now we at least have had the opportunity to watch him play in some of the final games this season. Once he received the ok to play it has been good to see his determination and desire to not only get playing again, but to keep getting better. Between both Tia and Daxon we’ve spent hundreds of early morning hours working on their games. But usually I have to wake up and then drag them out of bed. Since Daxon has been playing again we have been going to the gym most mornings for workouts. I get up at 4:30am and when I come out of my room to make sure he’s getting up, he’s usually already sitting in the living room waiting for me. Not only the that, he’s also practicing twice per day with the freshman team and the JV team and then after every game we spend another hour or two in the gym. Season is nearing the end, but if he stays this determined he’s definitely going to be ready to have an impact next season.
Tia is in her senior year and I’ve had the opportunity to be her head coach. We’ve had our ups and downs but overall it has been a great season. Our team has had the cards stacked against us in a number of ways. Because of other commitments we had some of our returning players decide not to play this year. On top of that we have been riddled with injuries. There have been games that we have a total of five girls that can play. But these girls have done a great job fighting and keeping great attitudes. Despite the challenges we’ve had, Tia has had a great season personally and she really loves her teammates. If you look at the entire United States girls high school basketball, at all levels right now she is ranked 173rd in scoring. Out of all of Arizona she is number seven, and in our region she is number one!
Here are her current stats and how she ranks in our region after 24 games:
Scoring – #1 22.5 points per game
Field goals – #1 168
3-Point – #1 47
Free Throws – #1 156 (86 ahead of 2nd place)
Assists – #2 3.1 assists per game
Steals – #2 6.1 steals per game
Charges Taken – #2 0.1 per game
Double Doubles – #4 5 double doubles
Rebounding – #9 6.8 rebounds per game
Blocks – #11 0.5 blocks per game
On January 26 Tia scored 32 points in our last home game of the season. When she scored her 11th point in that game it marked a big milestone. It was her 1,000th varsity career point! The reality is that she achieved it earlier but we only had her 10th grade stats when she played for the Cardston Cougars for the 13 league games that she had. It didn’t include any of their tournament or playoff games. So from her first year of varsity basketball in Cardston we only counted 190 points. Last year at American Leadership Academy (ALA) she played in 17 games and had 346 points, and after 21 games this season she had 485 points. That means that she averaged just over 20 points per game up to that point over the past three years. This year she has had a couple of 40+ point games, including one that was 47 points.
I’m excited to see how we can finish the end of this season and I’m very excited to see where this sport takes her in the future!