Mallorie Collum hits 1,000-point plateau
by David Royal
Feb 09, 2014 | 633 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville exploded out of the gate Saturday on its way to overpowering Coahulla Creek, 63-44, as Mallorie Collum scored 27 points while tallying the 1,000th point of her high school basketball career.

Collum, a four-year starter, said reaching 1,000 points was a big moment for her although she had not realized she was even close to the scoring milestone.

“I was shocked. I cried. I was just excited,” she said. “It was a goal since my freshman year, something I set for myself.”

Collum said the accomplishment was even more special because her team is having such a big year.

“We’ve come together a lot,” Collum said, “and it’s been a great year for us. We came out our senior year and had a pact that we were going to go for it and make the state playoffs this year.”

Adairsville is just one win away from reaching that goal, and Collum said the team will try to leave its best effort on the court when it returns to the hardwood.

“It’s our last chance,” she said.

Against Coahulla Creek, the Lady Tigers improved to 13-10 overall and 10-4 in the region, good enough for a No. 3 seeding as they enter their postseason region play.

Head coach Meredith Barnhill said her team has worked very hard for several years to achieve its success.

“Last year we won five region games. We doubled that and won 10 region games this year,” Barnhill said. “We had a kid score the 1,000th point of her career. We won 13 ballgames overall.

“All of those are things the Lady Tiger program hasn’t done in a long time. This group of kids has worked really hard to keep moving the bar up as we’ve gotten better the last few years.”

The Lady Tigers showed a lot of character in the way they put recent setbacks behind them to handle the Lady Colts.

“We had two tough losses this week,” Barnhill noted. “We had the loss at Sonoraville and the one-point loss [Friday] night [48-47 to LFO], where we just did not play at all for three quarters. We fought hard to get back in it in the fourth but we couldn’t get over the edge. The girls did a good job today with less than 24 hours [rest] bouncing back and getting a decisive win on senior night when they needed it.”

Adairsville took the lead early against Coahulla Creek, outscoring the Lady Colts 10-4 in the first quarter.

The Lady Tigers, who scored in the double digits all four quarters, torched the nets for 18 points in the second frame and held a 28-19 lead at the game’s halfway point.

Adairsville continued its offensive charge in the third frame, scoring 19 points while allowing 11 points, and took charge of the contest, 47-30, after three quarters. The Lady Tigers used a 16-14 run in the final quarter to seal their victory.

Stephanie Kuhrt scored 20 points to help their cause.

Barnhill said all the Lady Tigers found a way to contribute.

“We had some kids chip in,” she said. “Julia Roberson made some really good defensive plays for us tonight.”

The coach said Adairsville needs to use the same approach in the region tournament.

“We have to play well like we did tonight. We need an all-around good game,” she said.

The Lady Tigers would like to use their victory over Coahulla Creek as a springboard to a good performance in Cartersville at the region tournament.

The coach said the closeness of Cartersville is a positive.

“It’s not a long bus trip,” she said. “You don’t have that lull when you get there. I’m excited about this game going into the tournament.”

The Lady Tigers will play the winner of the game between the region’s No. 6 and 7 teams.