Typically when a basketball player becomes a school's all-time leading scorer, that player has focused solely on putting the ball in the basket for four years. But every once in awhile you come across a special player who can score when needed but who can also help her teammates become better scorers as well.
At Northview High School that player is senior Whitney Medworth.
Medworth became the Knight's leading career scorer nearly a month ago against Owen Valley when she torched the home gym's nets for 27 points and moved past Frieda Crispin atop the scoring list.
Crispin, who graduated from Northview as a member of the Class of 2000, is now a member of the Saint Mary of the Woods Pomeroys and is the team's second leading scorer at 13.6 ppg. and leads the squad in rebounds at seven per game.
Since passing Crispin's Northview total of 768 career points, Medworth has gotten to 864 points in a Knight's uniform. However, though the career scoring award is an obvious sign of scoring ability, Medworth enjoys getting her teammates the ball to score more than putting up points herself.
"(Whitney) cares a great deal about assists," said her father, varsity basketball coach Bob Medworth. "She finds a lot of satisfaction in hitting her teammates open under the basket for an easy layup."
That desire and innate ability to find a teammate open in an opportune spot has enabled Medworth to average over five assists per game for the Knights who have, not surprisingly, had two of their best seasons.
Last year, Medworth was aided with the addition of 6'5 front line player Julie Whitted who saw her fair share of passes from Medworth. The combination, along with fellow seniors Amy Thiemann, Sara Frazier and Erica Koehler have led the Knights to 15 wins last season and another 13 this year heading into tonight's sectional action.
For Medworth, the success she, and her team, is enjoying now started back when she was closer to a toddler than the slick 6' guard she is now.
In fact, Medworth's first YMCA team included another child who turned out to be a pretty good basketball player at Northview according to Bob Medworth. "Like all the seniors on the team, Whitney started as early as possible. Her first YMCA team included Logan Whitman and his friends."
"Whitney was on a ton of fun teams with good coaches all through elementary school," said Bob Medworth. "We had a very dear friend and color guard instructor, Mark Schliehs, who was around our house all the time during her toddler years and he constantly had a basketball in her hands."
Schliehs, who resides in Kansas City currently, actually made the trip to see the final home game for Medworth, Koehler, Frazier and Thiemann, who was unable to play due to a concussion.
Like many basketball players with her ability, Medworth spends plenty of time on the court outside of her games for the Knights.
Medworth plays AAU basketball along with high school hoops and the demands are high.
"Like a lot of kids, (Whitney) has had a lot of nights where you finish a school practice then hop in the car and drive to Indy for AAU practice. And it is pretty much a given that most every weekend in March through July you are traveling somewhere for a basketball tournament," said her father.
The same work ethic that enables her to balance sports, academics and her participation in Northview Winter Guard the past two years, has caught the notice of several schools who are interested in helping Medworth continue her basketball career at the next level.
"(Whitney) is weighing her options right now," noted Bob Medworth. "She had some good offers from out of state schools but wanted to stay close to keep tabs on the band program in the Fall. A number of schools in Indiana are talking to her and she is considering the junior college route as well."
While Medworth's contributions on the court will be easily remembered when fans and students alike see her name on top of the career scoring chart. Ask nearly anyone what her most valuable asset is and they'll tell you that it is her selflessness that has helped lead her senior teammates from a 3-16 mark three years ago to a conference title last season.
Along with Medworth; Koehler, Frazier and Thiemann have set a foundation at Northview High School for continued success on the basketball court. The class of 2004's legacy will certainly last a long time.