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Norris points out an oversight

Posted Thursday, November 13, 2014, at 5:46 PM

The other day I got an email from one of the most outstanding scorers to ever play girls basketball in Greene County.

Misty (Norris) Chapman, a 1992 Bloomfield graduate, asked me to look into the fact that she is not listed among the top scores on the all-time ladies list by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

Norris thought that she had scored 1,575 points, but the BHS record books show her with 1,584 points, which is third behind Lindsay Secrest (1,788) and Kris Hudson (1,588).

Norris is fifth on the all-time area list.

I notified IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille of this oversight. Now when it gets corrected, that is anybody's guess.

The IHSAA also has a list of all-time scoring games in Indiana, for the regular season and the tournament. You have to have scored 50 or more to make the all-time list and 40 or more in a tournament game.

Norris never reached 50 points in a game, but four times went over 40.

As a junior in 1990-91, she averaged 25.1 points (377 points in 15 games) and 11.3 rebounds per game that season.

Also as a junior, she had 38 points in a 66-26 victory at Owen Valley. She was leading the state in scoring at over 34 points per game before suffering an injury.

Norris, who averaged almost 22 points per game as a sophomore in 1989-90, poured in a school record 46 points in a 63-56 victory at Sullivan on Nov. 19, 1990.

Norris' total broke the previous record of 44 points by Kris Hudson, which came in the 1979-80 season. The 1990-91 season was the first for the new Sullivan gymnasium and likely the most points ever scored by a girl in that facility.

Norris' performance helped the Lady Cardinals avenge an 85-45 loss to Sullivan a year earlier.

That 46-point outburst is believed to have been the second highest single-game total in girls basketball behind Lindsay Secrest's 49-point game in 1999-2000.

Norris had 34 points in the second half. She scored the final 21 Bloomfield points, including all 19 in the fourth quarter. She hit six straight free throws in the final 75 seconds to seal the outcome.

For the game, Norris connected on 16 of 29 shots and was a perfect 13-for-13 shooting free throws. She completed a double-double with 13 rebounds.

As a senior, Norris scored 45 points against Union on Nov. 14, 1991. She also grabbed 22 rebounds, which at the time was a school record for caroms in a game.

I've seen a lot of games, but never witnessed a 40-20 game, boys or girls. Unofficially, I have just been made aware of two in the area, both girls.

Less than a month later on Dec. 13 almost 21 years ago, Norris hit Shakamak with 42 points on 17 of 34 shooting. She also grabbed 13 boards in the 62-54 victory.

Ironically, a season earlier, Norris also scored 42 points against the Lady Lakers. She had 118 points in four career meetings against Shakamak (all won by Bloomfield), good for an average of 29.5.

Norris collected 35 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and four assists in a 75-52 loss at North Central as a senior.

She concluded that season with 575 points in 19 games, an average of 30.3. Secrest, who went on to break career records by Sheri Carmichael and Norris, scored 607 points as a senior and 615 as a junior.

Norris just missed a career double-double, finishing with game averages of 22.0 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 2.0 assists. She shot 40 percent from the field and 78 percent from the foul line.

When Norris graduated, she had seven BHS girls basketball records, including that single-season scoring mark of 30.3 ppg, which broke the old mark of 30.1 by Carmichael.

Though I am not 100 percent sure and the BHS record books does not show a record for scoring average in a season, I think Norris still would own that mark.

Also, she still has records for single-season free throw attempts and career marks for fouls, field goal attempts and free throw attempts.

Hopefully her accomplishments will be added to the IHSAA list soon.

B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12 or at hargisbj@gmail.com.

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