Wetumpka’s Adrianne Armstrong has been no stranger to scoring for her team during her basketball career.
After scoring her 1,000th career point, against Stanhope Elmore, Armstrong was honored by her home crowd for this accomplishment in last week’s Prattville game.
“I had no intentions of scoring 1,000 points going into the year,” Armstrong said. “It just came up on me, and it feels amazing because it was something that I could do for my teammates. I wanted to show my teammates that they can score 1,000 points, and I want to be a team leader.”
While scoring 1,000 points is a big mark, her coach Ed Rogers thinks she could have scored even more.
“Adrianne could score 30 points a game, but she chooses not to because she wants to get everybody involved.” Rogers said.
Armstrong will be formally honored for her career 1,000-point accomplishment at the team’s end of the year banquet.
Armstrong and her team are sitting on a 16-3 record.
Rogers said Armstrong’s unselfishness on the court has been key to the Indians’ success this season.
“I want her to be a little bit more aggressive, but she wants to get everyone involved in the game, and that’s been a signature for our success all year,” Rogers said. “If everyone scores then everything runs smooth. We’ve got five scorers on our team that can score at will, and possibly six.”
Even though Rogers is confident in all aspects of his team’s play, he still believes Armstrong is the heart of the team.
“She’s the engine that gets things started,” Rogers said. “When she’s not out there, things have a tendency to break down.”
Rogers has coached Armstrong since her seventh-grade year, and has seen her mature into the player she is today.
“She has matured from that little shy seventh-grade girl when I brought her up that knew how to play basketball, but yet she wasn’t aggressive enough,” Rogers said. “Now you look at her, and she’s an outspoken leader, and she can take things in her own hands. Whatever we need her to do on the court, she’ll do it. If we need a basket, a steal or a rebound, she’ll get it.”
Armstrong has already signed to play basketball at Alabama State next season.
While she’s excited about taking her game to the college ranks, she also has some concerns about taking the next step in her basketball career.
“I’m kind of nervous about having new coaches, the practices and the workouts,” Armstrong said. “But I feel like I can play on that level, and I think it will be a good experience.”
Armstrong is also confident that her high scoring abilities on the court will transfer to her college game next season.
“I think it definitely will,” Armstrong said. “I’m told it will pretty much have to because when I get there, they will already be able to score, so I will have to get myself involved.”