Crowe sets Shawnee basketball career scoring mark

SPRINGFIELD — Zion Crowe didn’t want to wait to become the Shawnee High School boys basketball career scoring leader.

The senior took a pass from junior Darian Dixon, nailed a 3-pointer and scored the first points of the game in the Braves’ 50-38 victory over rival Kenton Ridge on Friday night in Springfield.

“As soon as I let it go, I knew it was going in,” Crowe said. “When it left my hand, it just felt good. (The moment) felt unreal.”

The crowd — which included a large group of family members sitting in the front row — erupted when Crowe’s 3-pointer from the top of the key fell through the net. The game was stopped to acknowledge the accomplishment.

“I knew a lot of people knew (about the record), but when it happened it didn’t sound that loud,” he said. “I kind of zoned out because it was such a crazy moment.”

The 3-pointer gave Crowe 1,272 career points, passing 2015 graduate Jaden Greenwood (1,271 points). He finished the game with 18 points and now sits at 1,287 points and counting.

“I’m just really blessed,” Crowe said. “I’m glad to have all of the teammates I’ve had. I couldn’t have done it without all of them.”

As Shawnee’s lone senior, Crowe has been the catalyst for the Braves (12-5, 5-2 CBC Kenton Trail Division) this season. He’s averaging 20.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.

“He’s been in the tough situation where every scouting report this year has had Zion Crowe at the top of the list and trying to stop him,” said Shawnee coach Chris McGuire. “He’s still been able to attack defenses and take what the defense is giving. He couldn’t have done it without the guys around him, whether it was this year or the last three years.”

After the game, Kenton Ridge coach Brian Smith congratulated Crowe for accomplishing the feat.

“He’s a really good player,” Smith said. “It took everything we had to hold him (under his average). You can’t leave him alone.”

Crowe has been a key piece of the Braves program over the last four years, including a trip to D-III regional final as a sophomore and a district final appearance last season. He’s one of five players in Shawnee history to score over 1,000 career points.

The senior has improved his game each season, McGuire said, doing whatever the coaching staff has asked of him on both ends of the floor.

“He deserves it and it’s well-earned,” McGuire said. “There’s been some good ones who have played here. To be the all-time leading scorer and pass (Greenwood), who was a good one a few years ago, it’s a special, special honor.”

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