The scoring machine that is Whitney Creech from Jenkins, Ky., hit a huge milestone Wednesday.
Creech scored 35 points in a 74-59 loss to Ridgeview (Va.) in a tip-off tournament game and now has 4,032 for her career. Yes, 4,032.
The milestone came on a three-pointer with 7:09 to play in the first quarter.
Creech, who signed with Western Kentucky last month, began playing varsity as a sixth-grader and is the third girls player in Kentucky state history to reach 4,000.
While the National Federation of State High School Associations’ record book only counts statistics for ninth through 12th grade, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association record book counts all points scored.
Jaime Walz holds the KHSAA record with 4,948 points for Fort Thomas Highlands from 1993-96, but Creech could eclipse that mark before the season ends.
Creech has been the state’s leading scorer in each of the last three seasons and her 42 points per game average led the nation last season. She has averaged more than 20 points per game in every season since 2011-12.
Along with scoring, the 5-9 Creech averaged a double-double in each of her last two seasons, averaging 10.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore and 11.6 as a junior.
Before selecting Western Kentucky, she has received interest from Middle Tennessee, Marshall, Furman and East Tennessee State.
After Creech signed, WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard said this: “Whitney will bring a lot to our program. She’s obviously an incredible scorer, but is also a strong rebounder and a gifted passer. Every time I see her play I’m surprised by how many points she scores because she’s such a team player that it doesn’t seem like she’s shooting enough for that many points. Her skill and team play is what I’ve always loved. She will have seven years of varsity experience when she graduates and has continued to grow as a player each year that she has played. Whitney is a self-motivated gym rat who loves to be in the gym working on her game. We may have to put her dorm room under the bleachers in Diddle. She wants to win championships.”