Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Our Cousin Alex

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers. Once again, our yard is covered with snow. Every day we watch the news and see all the schools that have been canceled. Our schools last week and this week were postponed due to Ol' Man Winter. We are using our time to read, play checkers, and work on our brand new newspaper story. Speaking of newspapers, this was in The Athens Review today. It's an article about our cousin Alex. The picture was taken a few weeks ago when she scored her 3000th point. We are so proud of Alex. We wanted to share the news! Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

After 4 Spectacular Years, Furr Takes a Bow

Prep career may be over for AHS’s all-time scoring leader, but Fresno State awaits

Jayson Larson The Athens Review

FAIRFIELD —  Alex Furr says she can remember her first varsity basketball game like it was yesterday.

It was against Highland Park her freshman year. Her memory? Throwing up about seven airballs.

“I was convinced I had to step up my game,” Furr said.

Boy, did she.

Furr’s high school basketball career officially ended Tuesday night in Fairfield, as the Lady Hornets dropped their bi-district basketball game to defending Class 3A state champion Waco Robinson, 37-30. Furr scored 18 points.

She hangs up her No. 11 jersey at Athens High School as the school’s career scoring leader. In 123 games, Furr scored 3,169 points, an average of 25.7 per game.

Time and again, the 5-6 guard has managed to find a way to top herself. She entered her senior season having scored a career high 51 points as a junior.

As her senior season began, it became clear that mark was in serious danger. She began the season by scoring 40 or more points in nine of the Lady Hornets’ first 12 games. She netted 49 against Mount Pleasant in the third game of the season, and then 48 in a win over Martins Mill a week and a half later.

The best was yet to come, as she topped her career high with a 54- point performance against Class 5A Tyler John Tyler just a few weeks after that. She went for 51 once more, this time against Crockett in the District 20-3A opener on Jan. 9.

She was named All Henderson County Girls Player of the Year as a junior, when she led the state of Texas in three-pointers made with 146. She has been named all-state two years running and seems to be a lock for a third selection.

Earlier this season, she signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at Fresno State University in California.

“I got a lot of lucky breaks,” Furr said, “but I’ve practiced really hard to get where I am.”

Every single time I read it, I get goose bumps! We can't wait to see Alex play at Fresno!

Have a great night! Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!