By Jonathan Deal
EAST LIMESTONE — No one at East Limestone could remember when Brennan Crabtree broke the school’s all-time scoring record for girls basketball.
Mainly because Crabtree shattered that record long ago. Even Crabtree isn’t sure what the previous record was.
“I really didn’t know until about two weeks ago that I had broken the record,” said Crabtree. “I mean, I was just honored to do that. It’s a great thing to leave behind because it’s my senior year.”
The senior broke the school’s scoring record and never looked back. On Tuesday, Crabtree eclipsed the 2,000-point mark against West Limestone, the same place she scored point number 1,000 two years ago.
“I was really excited,” said Crabtree. “I was happy, but I couldn’t really do anything because we were still playing. I had to get back on defense.”
A timeout and a brief congratulations was all Crabtree had to enjoy, as her team played a hard-fought game against West Limestone. Eight points from reaching the milestone entering the game, Crabtree hit a jump shot in the first quarter to score point No. 2,000 for her career.
While she won’t break Courtney Strain’s state record of 5,238 points, Crabtree could finish in the top five in the history of Limestone County girls basketball. After her 18 points Tuesday, the senior is 132 from catching Elkmont’s Bailee Robinson, who scored 2,142 from 2006-10.
“We knew at the beginning (of the season) she could get close,” said East Limestone head coach Josh Davis. “After that third game when she scored 28 points, we knew she would reach 2,000.”
In his first year as head coach, Davis has led East Limestone to a 6-0 area record and his team will host the area tournament next week for the first time in more than a decade.
“Our girls were hungry to make it and having four good senior leaders definitely helped,” said Davis. “This bunch of girls doesn’t mind passing the ball. They’re not a selfish bunch, they just go out there and want to win.”
For Crabtree, winning the area tournament and advancing to the Regional Tournament have been goals since she began playing varsity six years ago.
“That’s been our goal since seventh grade. Me and Red (Rachael Diamond) go to Wallace every year, but never had the chance,” said Crabtree. “This has been a really special year because we’re all so close. We know each other’s roles. I feel like this year we’re going to make it.”
East Limestone travels to Athens Friday. The 5A Area 15 girls tournament will begin Thursday, Feb. 6.