By Andrew Edwards
It’s difficult to be a starter on a sports team, let alone be one that is close to scoring 1,000 points in their career.
However, that’s the case for senior Stanhope Elmore High School girls’ basketball player Brooke Burkette who has a chance to make history for her school on Friday night.
She has accumulated 989 points in her career, only 11 shy of being the second person in SEHS Girls’ Basketball history to reach 1,000 points.
“It’s a really special feeling. I have to put in a lot of work day after day, so I’m glad that it’s paying off,” Burkette said.
It’s been a strenuous and difficult year for athletes all across the county, as the coronavirus has forced cancellations and opt-outs at a rate that we’ve never seen before.
However, even with all of the distractions that loom around her, Burkette has been able to stay laser focused on the task at hand.
“I was never really worried about which game may or may not be canceled,” Burkette said. “All I can do is control my work ethic and assume that every game will be played. After that, it’s out of my hands.”
That mentality has helped her to become the player that she is today, and on Friday night the Mustangs will take on Wetumpka in a winner-take-all for the area championship.
“I’m not really concerned whether I get to the 1,000 points on Friday or not. Right now, I’m focused on winning this game and helping my teammates any way that I can,” Burkette said.
Tip-off for the game on Friday will be at 6 p.m. The game will be played in Wetumpka.
“They’re a really good team and they present a lot of problems for people. I think we’ll be up to the task,” Burkette said.