[This is my column in the Jan. 24 issue of The Commercial Review.]
Shelby Caldwell has been the face of the Jay County High School girls basketball team for two years now.
As a junior, she was the team’s leading scorer with 15.1 points per game. The year before she averaged 12.7 points through her first three contests before suffering a season-ending ACL tear, and her 8.2 points per game as a freshman were third on the squad.
In this, her senior year, she’s scoring nearly 18 points per game. She set the program’s single-game scoring record with 41 points on Dec. 20 in a 77-17 win over Blackford.
Friday she became just the third player in team history to reach 1,000 points.
Other teams try to keep her off the scoreboard, and only one this season — Fort Recovery on Dec. 29 — had any success at doing so. Caldwell finished with just two points, her lowest total since her final game as a freshman.
While most eyes have been on Caldwell this year, another senior has been lighting things up all the same; just in a few other, less noticeable statistical categories.
Scorers get a lot of the credit. Points are the stat that directly leads to victories and defeats.
But there are other aspects of the game — on both sides of the ball — that are just as important as putting the ball through the hoop.
And Kendra Muhlenkamp has been succeeding at doing those other things.