GC Girls Basketball: 75! Saniya scores 75 points

Feb. 5—RICE — What a night!

What a Senior Night!

What a way to say good-bye!

Saniya Burks, the most prolific scorer in Rice High School basketball history and the most amazing scorer in the basketball history of the Golden Circle, scored 75 points in her final home game at Rice Friday night.

That's right, 75.

She has had career highs in almost every game recently, walking off the court with some mind-boggling numbers.

She scored 47 against Palmer on Jan.5, scored 54 in a 72-45 win over Kemp, dropped in 31 in a 55-35 win over Scurry-Rosser, scored 43 against Mildred's tough defense in a 55-39 win.

She scored 48 in a 63-56 victory over state-ranked Malakoff in Malakoff and a hit a career-high 62 on Jan. 23rd at Blooming Grove before dropping 56 points on Eustace on Jan. 26.

She was injured last Tuesday in Palmer and sat out almost all of the second half, and still finished with 29 points before opening the flood gates Friday at home, pouring in 75 points. She scored 75, grabbed 19 rebounds and made 15 steals in an amazing triple double, and made six 3-pointers to lead Rice to a 102-27 romp over Kemp.

Saniya, a returning All-American who was one of the top scorers in the nation as a junior, may well finish the season as the No. 1 scorer in America. She's currently leading the nation in scoring.

She has scored 953 points this season and 3,659 in her career at Rice.

"She saved her best game for her last game," said her father, Rice girls basketball Coach Antonio Burks.

Aaliyah Nezar had a big game for Rice Friday, scoring 17 points to go along with eight steals, three rebounds and three assists. Wenni Wharton scored four points, Chole Perry scored three. Brylan Upchurch scored two points and Hailie Adams scored one.

Rice plays its final game of the season Tuesday at Scurry-Rosser and begin the playoffs next week. The Lady Dawgs are now 19-4 for the season and tied with Malakoff for first-place in District 18-3A with 12-1 records. They tied for first-place last season and Rice won a playoff game against Malakoff to claim the No. 1 seed in the 3A playoffs.

Rice marched to the Region III finals barely missed a trip to San Antonio and the state tournament, losing to top-ranked Fairfield by four points despite a remarkable comeback when Saniya outscored Fairfield's entire team in the second half.