Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Two Strains could top state scoring list
by Joe Medley
Dec 27, 2013 | 2776 views |  0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Leah Strain led Woodland to a Class 2A state championship
Leah Strain led Woodland to a Class 2A state championship
It hardly seems like five years since Woodland High’s Courtney Strain broke the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s career scoring record for girls’ basketball, but who remembers the seventh-grade point guard who kept feeding her?

That was little sister Leah Strain, and, five years later, she’s giving us something else to watch.

Now a senior, she passed the 4,000-point mark Thursday during Woodland’s victory over Tharptown in the Northwest Alabama Christmas tournament. She came out of that game with 4,006 career points and 236 for the season.

Courtney Strain’s career mark of 5,283 points is distant, but former West Morgan star Hayden Hamby is second at 4,506. If Leah Strain, the only active player within reach, matches last season’s point total, then she’ll finish her career second in the state.

The top two scorers in AHSAA history would be Strains.

It’s amazing, considering that Leah Strain’s season point totals have actually dropped as Woodland’s team has improved. She scored 907 as a freshman, 864 as a sophomore and 775 last season.

A year ago, she led a state championship team that had several scoring options. The top four options returned this season.

If she continues to do her job and Woodland makes a deep enough run, then the state record book will look a lot like Woodland’s scorebook --- Strains leading the way.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Medley at Twitter: @jmedley_star.
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