Jada Atchison’s coaches had to tell her at halftime that she had 34 points, as the junior guard said she was too focused on winning the game to worry about individual statistics. Sixteen points later, she found herself in the 50-point club.
Atchison’s 50-point performance propelled Burlington City to a 70-25 victory over Camden on Saturday afternoon in nonleague girls' basketball.
The junior hit the 50 mark on a layup as the fourth quarter wound down. Her teammates and coaches didn’t go wild as the ball went in the basket, though.
“We were mostly excited about the win,” Atchison said.
When the game was over, Atchison’s Twitter account blew up with friends and family congratulating her on her signature game. Atchison retweeted many of the people who had reached out to offer kind words.
Not only is 50 points not scored very often in high school girls’ basketball, but it left her just 40 short of 1,000 points in her career. Atchison will get her first shot at the mark Tuesday, as Burlington City hosts Riverside in a Burlington County Freedom game at 6:30 p.m.
That mark, Atchison said, is one that will put a real smile on her face.
“They’re excited. I’m excited,” Atchinson explained. “Everybody’s excited, pretty much.”