Despite the controversy raised by several independent score keepers, no one seemed to care Tuesday night when South High's Tayler Hill scored her 26th point of the game. According to school records, she broke the state's career scoring record in boys or girls basketball.
All eyes were on Hill, including those of several big college recruits. Talk about a big night for a high school senior who started rocking South's varsity team when she was still in 8th grade.
Check out some of the coverage highlights below. The controversy started when two record keepers claimed Hill had a couple games to go before she would break the record. Based on her average scoring record, no one doubted she would break the record this season, but the exact game was in question. Either way, the school stuck to their claim that tonight was the night.
At the 9:27 mark of the second half against Minneapolis Roosevelt, Hill took the record originally held by Katie Ohm to become the highest scoring player in Minnesota high school basketball history, says the Star Tribune. The Pioneer Press also has coverage.
She finished with 32 points, which gives her 3,701 for her career.
And Hill is totally over the controversy: "It's time to move on," she said to the Strib, "and get ready for the section and state tournaments."
Gophers coach Pam Borton, assistants from Texas and Duke, and several other college representatives were all there to watch her performance.
WCCO's Esme Murphy was at the game and wrote up the experience on her blog.
She was amazing, graceful and elegant as she confronted a gaggle of photographers and scouts from colleges including Coach Pam Borton of the U of M and Katie Ohm, who was the last basketball player to hold the record and now plays for the Gophers.There was plenty of video coverage of her record breaking moment too.
It was wonderful to be there, wonderful to see sheer talent erupt in a high school gymnasium. I am thankful that I was there, and hoping against hope that Pam Borton's visit was not in vain.