After setting milestone, Garcia eyes more
BROWNWOOD, Texas —
One of the Big Country's most dynamic point guards hit a milestone last week.
Brownwood's Mallory Garcia passed the one-thousand point mark for her high school career in the Lady Lions win at Sweetwater on Friday night.
It’s an achievement shared by some following their senior seasons, but Garcia – is just a junior, meaning she’s on pace for much more next season. She’s started as Brownwood's point guard since she was a freshman, but has been a part of head coach Heather Hohertz’s program for much longer.
"Every time I would come to the gym I'd say, 'Let's go work on your shot.'" said Hohertz, who lives three houses down from Garcia.
"When I first took over she was my water girl. She's been in the program since fourth grade. She's been on the bench for the first two 1,000-point people."
Garcia says her next goal is to break the school scoring record.
“Oh that, that will probably feel way better than this does -- and this feels pretty good,” Garcia said smiling. “Like this is my goal to be starting on varsity since I got to high school. I've worked for it for a couple years now before high school."
"She's a really special player," said Hohertz. "I would put her up there with some of the top point guards in all classifications. Not just because of the skill she has, but for how hard she plays and how she's a great teammate.
Trejouir Wilson holds the Brownwood record with 1,622 points. Hohertz believes Garcia can pass that with more than a year of basketball left in her high school career.
"It's going to drive her in the off-season. I think she wants to be the all-time leading scorer, and it's a definite possibility."
The Lady Lions, which are 26-5 overall this year, are back in action on Friday night at home in District 5-4A play against Big Spring.