Schmitt breaks TGU scoring record
There’s a new queen of scoring for the TGU girls basketball program. Senior forward Mattie Schmitt broke Rachelle Bubach’s career-scoring record in a 64-58 win over Glenburn on Feb. 18.
Heading into this weekend’s District 11 tournament, Schmitt has 1,560 points in her stellar career with the No. 1 seeded Titans.
“With teammates and coaches and parents and the community, it was just a good feeling knowing I had their support with everything,” Schmitt said.
The 5-foot-11 athlete plans to play volleyball and basketball for Dakota College at Bottineau. Schmitt broke the record set by Bubach (1987-90) on a free throw and finished the game with 29 points.
“I knew I was close,” Schmitt said. “I didn’t know exactly when it was gonna happen. I could kind of tell from the crowd. It was actually on a free throw, so I made my one free throw and the crowd just went wild. I was, like, ‘Must’ve did it.’ “
Scoring in the high 20s and eclipsing 30 is routine for Schmitt, one of the toughest players to guard in the state.
“She works very hard,” TGU coach Malcolm Marcus said. “She’s very grown up. She doesn’t have any ego. She’s just an excellent team player. There’s nothing but good to say about Mattie.”
Marcus considers it an honor to have coached the record-breaker.
“She’s had consistency throughout her career and I couldn’t ask for a better player,” Marcus said. “She gets lots of attention. Her ball-handling skills have gotten better. She’s obviously stronger. She can move away from the basket. Maybe as a sophomore or freshman she wasn’t doing that yet, but she can play outside now.”
Schmitt said she’ll mostly remember all the tournaments and hanging out with her teammates. She throws javelin for the Rugby High School track and field program and hopes to improve on her 8th-place finish at state last year.
Schmitt said she decided as an eighth-grader that she wanted to break the school record. Double teams were thrown her way most games and she still managed to be a prolific scorer. She will continue improving her game over the summer and hopes to be a viable option for the Lady Jacks.
“I just wanted to try it out and see if I wanted to keep playing and I thought that’d be the perfect school to start out at,” Schmitt said.
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