There may not be a Michael Jordan in any particular high school sport, but Tyra Buss has to be about as close as you can get.
Tyra Buss celebrates scoring 50 points and winning a league title — TyraBuss.com
After scoring 51 points for her Mt. Carmel (Ill.) High squad in a narrow 60-56 victory early in the season, Buss topped herself on Friday, scoring 50 points … in just three periods. It was the second time in two weeks that Buss cracked the 50-point plateau, having scored 54 on Jan. 19. against Buss’ latest star turn came against Boonville (Ind.) High in an 86-57 victory for Mt. Carmel. The win pushed Mt. Carmel’s undefeated record to 28-0 and clinched a league title for the Aces.
As reported by the Evansville Courier & Press, Buss hit four three-pointers and 12 of her 13 free throws in the title-clinching victory.
“Tyra is obviously the engine that keeps us going, but we’ve got a real nice team to go with her,” Mt. Carmel coach Tim Willis told the Courier & Press. “From a team standpoint, you have certain goals and obviously you want to win the conference. Winning the Big Eight is pretty prestigious.”
Mt. Carmel has never finished a season undefeated, but still has a chance to in 2012-13 thanks to Buss’ success. The Aces are 28-0 with a final regular season game to come before the Illinois Class 2A state championships.
As noted by MaxPreps, Buss is already closing in on the Illinois all-time career scoring record, even though she still has a full season to play. The 5-foot-7 guard has scored 3,242 points in her career -- she broke the 3,000 point mark on Jan. 18 -- 1,116 points in her junior season alone. The all-time single season record is just 87 points in front of Buss’ current mark, a threshold which almost any sane analyst would bet on her to break, barring an injury.
After all, no one has found a way to slow Buss as a junior. If she keeps up her pace as a senior, all bets on all kinds of state records are off.
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