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By Marlana Smith
Caroline Linberger scored her 1000th career point against the Scotland County Lady Tigers on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. NS beat SC 63-37.
Linberger was out last season due to tearing her ACL.
“She knew she was going to have to work for it. I believe it wasn’t even a thought on her mind. About three weeks ago, she really started playing a different style of basketball,” said NS head coach Chris Parsons.
“She is not only a great basketball player. She is a great human being and you want to see stuff like this for kids like her.”
After the game, Natalie Thrasher was recognized for breaking the 30-year-old three point record that was held by Jenny Kaser. In 1993, Kaser held the record with 132 three-pointers. Thrasher will receive a plaque for her accomplishments at the end of the season.
After the game, Thrasher spoke about her excitement of her great accomplishment.
“It is really special. I had no idea. It’s nice to be on our home court and get an accomplishment like that,” said Thrasher.
Coach Parsons spoke about Thrasher’s ability to not only hit from the three-point line,but how she is able to drive to the rack.
“That’s what makes us dangerous, having all these different types of weapons,” Parsons continued.
“To see her break a record that has been sitting there for quite a while is quite the accomplishment.”
North Shelby was led by Linberger with 18 points. Ava Williams had 16 and Natalie Thrasher earned 13 points.
Linberger was 14 points away from hitting her 1000th point. She scored the first four points of the game.
Linberger and Williams each had seven rebounds. As a team, NS had 28.
The Lady Raiders (22-3) collected 13 steals against the Lady Tigers.
Ceairra Kirby hit a three-point shot within a minute of the game. NS held a 7-0 lead. Williams went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. Linberger made the Lady Raider’s next three points. Williams put in a bucket to end the quarter giving NS a seven-point advantage.
NS added 11 points to their lead in the second period.
North Shelby jumped out to a 31-15 lead within two minutes of the second half. Kirby, Meg Shively and Wlliams scored. Linberger and Williams shared the next four points.
Within 4:10 on the clock Linberger with 2-for-2 from the charity stripe putting her one point away from 1000. With 2:39 on the clock, Linberger earned her 1000 after an assist by Addy Uhlmeyer.
Kirby splashed in a long three at the buzzer giving North Shelby a 49-24 advantage.
The Lady Raiders added 14 to the board in the fourth.
Lady Raiders vs. Bevier
North Shelby ended its regular season 23-3 after defeating Bevier 82-10.
The Lady Raiders were led by Ava Williams with 20 points. Ceairra Kirby had 18 points. Natalie Thrasher scored 13 and Caroline Linberger had 10 points. Hadlee Parsons scored nine and Marissa McEwen tallied seven.
As a team NS went 14-for-20 from the free throw line.
The Class 1 District 11 No. 1 seed Lady Raiders will take on the winner of La Plata/Brashear game on Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m. at La Plata High School.