Lions junior reaches past 1,000-point milestone

Legacy Christian Academy junior Lexi Weddle joined the 1,000 career point club after making a 3-point basket early in the Lions 43-37 loss to Southwest Christian Feb. 22.

Weddle came into the game two points shy of the milestone and finished the game at the 1,012 mark.

Weddle said her coach, Dan Nelson, drew up a play early with the  hope of reaching the mark so they could stop worrying about it.

Racking up more than 1,000 career points hasn’t come without some bumps and bruises for Legacy junior Lexi Weddle, left.
Racking up more than 1,000 career points hasn’t come without some bumps and bruises for Legacy junior Lexi Weddle, left.Photo by Bill Jones

“It ended up taking longer than I planned for me to finally score,” Weddle said. She pulled  up for a 3-pointer after the defense backed off on a designed pick-and-roll play. Nelson presented Weddle with the game ball during a brief stoppage of play to honor her. “My teammates congratulated me and the crowd held up signs,” she said. “It  was nice to see that hard work and hours in the gym payoff. It’s motivation to keep improving and working hard to achieve new things. I’m thankful that the Lord has given me the opportunity to play this game.”

Weddle added 23 points over the final four games of the 2013-14 season to give her 1,035 career points with one season left.

When asked about her favorite way to score: “Driving through the lane would have to be the most satisfying. You have to work for it more than just shooting a three. And, of course, it is awesome when you can get the and-one.”

Weddle’s season stats line is equally impressive averaging nine rebounds and three assists per game. Defensively, she had 87 steals and blocked 27 shots during the regular season.

Coming into the season Weddle said she worked the most on scoring off the dribble and perfecting a 15-foot shot.

Legacy lost three of its final four regular season games before going 1-1 in Section 4A play.

The Lions dominated Bethany Academy 58-11 to open sections but fell short at third-seed Southwest Christian in the second round, 52-42, March 8.

Hopes of a return to the section final for the Lions were dashed by the Stars, which took control of the game with a  32-18 halftime score. Weddle had just three points, while teammate Kayla Ruf led the way with 17 points.

Looking back on the section run last season, Weddle said the confidence boost was real coming into this season still with a rather young but more experienced group.

“Our record didn’t show the success we were hoping for nor the improvement we have gained,” she said. With a mix of eight graders through juniors, Weddle was, “delightfully surprised at the way the team came together as one on and off the court. These girls are my best friends and I know they would say the same. We have become a family.”

Jason Olson is at
[email protected]