RYAN CZACHORSKI Effingham Daily News
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — SHELBYVILLE -- Without a girls basketball team to call their own, it’s understandable that the list of Stew-Stras Comets to reach 1,000 points sat at zero entering this week. But Lindsay Burton crashed her way on to that list, scoring her 1,000th point for Shelbyville Monday night against Monticello.
Despite starting as a freshman for the Shelbyville/Stew-Stras/Windsor co-op, the possibility of getting to that milestone never crossed Burton’s mind until the end of her junior season.
“My coach was like, “You have the potential to get 1,000 points,’” Burton said. “No girl from Stew-Stras has ever done that. My coach has never had a player do that for him. It was really cool. It was amazing to get my 1,000th point.”
While she didn’t see that as a goal until late in her career, Shelbyville coach Greg Reynolds saw it early. Reynolds became the coach of Shelbyville four seasons ago, and after he knew he’d received the job, he went to watch the eighth-graders play at Shelbyville and Stew-Stras.
“I can tell you that going back to her eighth grade year, I went down and watched her play,” he said. “I’m not surprised we’re at this point. I saw that potential in her then.”
Burton needed six points entering Monday’s game and blew by it with a team-high 17 points, scoring on a layup with an assist from fellow Stew-Stras student Autumn Carson. Reynolds called her “the epitome of a student athlete”, representing all three schools, and Burton said her success at Shelbyville shows how the communities can embrace the idea of co-ops with herself, Stew-Stras’ Carson and Courtney Schultz, and Windsor’s Olivia Williamson all playing big roles for the Rams.
“I think it’s really cool, it shows a lot,” Burton said. “Stew-Stras is going to be co-oping with Windsor for a lot of sports. It shows that you can play a lot, we’ve just had to work really hard for it.”
Reynolds praised Burton for her team-first attitude despite a rough four-year stretch at Shelbyville, where they’ve won 23 games in four seasons. She even sits on the bench for eighth-grade games at all three schools, encouraging the young players to keep up with the game and keep working hard.
Burton wanted to hit 1,000 points coming into the season, but didn’t want to stress out about if she didn’t reach it. With a few weeks left to go, she hit it Monday night.
She said this season has been fun, not because of their record or her milestone, but for the Rams’ first conference win in her time with Shelbyville, beating Argenta-Oreana.
“Overall, this whole season has been amazing,” she said. “We came together as a team, and for my senior year, it’s awesome.”