Tristan Singer and Trischa Lacy’s 50-point games mark only the third recorded time in Ohio high school history that a boy and girl from the same high school have scored 50 points during a game in the same season.
URBANA — Earlier this month, a rare feat in Ohio high school basketball occurred. When Urbana’s Tristan Singer and Trischa Lacy each scored 50 points in a game, it marked only the third time on record with the Ohio High School Athletic Association that a player on the boys and girls basketball teams from the same high school reached the 50-point plateau in the same season.
It all started on Jan. 4. Singer started out the new year with his own fireworks by tacking 50 points up on the Greenon Knights. Singer, who averages 19.7 points a game this season, was 21-of-31 from the field with only one three-pointer, and was 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in the 89-68 Hillclimbers victory.
Urbana head boys basketball coach Jeremy Dixon was aware of the kind of game his star was having when he had scored in the 20’s while still in the second period.
“I made the comment to my JV coach that he (Tristan) was about to go for 40 tonight,” Dixon said in an email. “I guess I was a little off. Around the end of the third quarter I asked my assistants if I should take Tristan out for a break and they looked at me like I had two heads! So I decided to leave him in.”
Dixon was happy for his senior leader after the game.
“This could not have happened to a harder working student-athlete,” Dixon said. “(Singer) has always been the typical ‘give 110%’ guy. He plays incredibly hard in practice and games. He is just a model example of what we want our program to be about.”
Singer, a first team CBC Mad River Division selection last season, broke the school single-game scoring mark of 45 points set by Van Evans on Jan. 18, 1964. Singer had a four-game streak where he averaged 28.3 points per game earlier this season.
Lacy, who averages 30.4 points a game on the season and who is no stranger to OHSAA records, got into the act just over a week later on Jan. 12, when she scored 50 points against Indian Lake. She was 8-of-14 on two-point shots, 4-of-12 from three-point range, and 22-of-24 from the foul line. Incidentally, the 22 made free throws is good for sixth place all-time in the state of Ohio.
Lacy also hauled in ten rebounds, dished out five assists, and had nine steals in the game. She scored 37 points in the second half to help the Lady Climbers dig out of a 15-point halftime deficit against the Lakers. Lacy scored 18 points in the third quarter and 19 points in the pivotal fourth period for the 77-71 come-from-behind victory.
Urbana head girls basketball coach Bill Moss, who has been around long enough to coach some of Urbana’s best girls players and teams, said Lacy is a team player.
“Trischa just played the way she played for the whole season for us (in that 50-point game),” Moss said in an email. “She did everything for the team and her teammates know that she must score big for us to win. Trischa is just having a great season.”
Unfortunately for he Lakers, they have now been victimized by three of Lacy’s state records. Lacy hit 12 three-pointers in a game against Indian Lake on Feb. 11, 2012 which is the second most three-pointers scored in a game by a player. Lacy hit nine three-pointers against the Lakers on Jan. 7, 2012 as well and made eight three-pointers in two other games last season. All of it on her way to setting the state record for three-pointers in a season in 2011-2012 with 107.
Lacy, who will be attending the University of Tennessee-Martin next season, broke the school single-game record of 46 points set by Sherri Rogan against Kenton Ridge during the 1988-1989 season. In Lacy’s first six games in January she averaged 38.6 points a game. Lacy has scored at least 38 points seven times in the past two seasons. She has been over 40 points in four games.
The overall perception would be that both Singer and Lacy are selfish players because they scored so many points in a game, but Urbana Athletic Director Chuck Raterman stated the contrary.
“If you ask any of their teammates they would all say that they (Lacy and Singer) are the ultimate team players,” Raterman said in an email.
He pointed to Lacy’s 5.5 assists per game being good for second in the Central Buckeye Conference as an example. She is also hauling in 8.8 rebounds and three steals a contest.
According to Kristin Daugherty from the OHSAA Sports Information Department, on record are the following of 50-point games by a girl and boy from the same school in the same season:
2/09/2007- Jeremy McLead scored 57 points vs. Portsmouth Sciotoville Community
2/15/2007- Kaylee Helton scored 63 points vs. Portsmouth Clay
McGuffey Upper Scioto Valley
3/1/1985- Jim Kearns scored 54 points vs. Van Wert Lincolnview
1985 (no specific date listed)- LeaAnn Mullins scored 59 points vs. Spencerville
There are a couple of disclaimers, however. The girls category for “most points in a game” with the OHSAA only has a minimum of 55 points. There are no records of any girls who scored between 50 and 54 points. Interestingly, on the boys’ side, the cutoff is at 65 points in a game on the website, but the OHSAA does have “old” records that show all other 50-point games. So, there could have been other times where the 50-50 plateau was reached, but they are not on record with the OHSAA.
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