Marshfield senior Abby McBride made her 1000th point in a big win for the Jays against the Branson Pirates on Thursday, Jan. 9.
Making 1000 points is a major milestone for any high school basketball player, but for McBride it’s a family tradition.
Her father, Rodney McBride, and her mother, Tara (Chisum) McBride both scored 1000 during their time as Conway Bears. Her brother, Peyton, graduated in 2022 and got his 1000th point as a Bluejay. Peyton is currently a track athlete at Missouri Southern State University.
While it would seem like Abby was probably born with a ball in her hand, her interest wasn’t always entirely in basketball.
“She was a gymnast up until her second-grade year,” said Tara. “Then Lauren Aldridge and her squad made a state run and it inspired her to try it out. Her love for basketball started there.”
Her father, Rodney, coached her senior group from that time until they reached junior high through Lady Jays Club Basket at the Fieldhouse in Springfield. Some of the parents knew how special this group, who is currently ranked 6th in state for Class 5, would be. Others began to take notice as they entered the seventh grade.
“We only lost one game our entire seventh-grade year,” said Abby. “It was to Strafford. In the eighth grade, we went undefeated. We had a really athletic group of girls.”
McBride came into and high school and went straight to the varsity squad.
“I knew I had the opportunity to hit 1000 this year,” explained McBride. “It didn’t feel like a huge deal, until it happened. I mean, how many people can say they did this? It makes me super happy to have finally made it.”
McBride is also involved in volleyball, track, student counsel, and National Honors Society. She is committed to the College of the Ozarks to continue playing basketball as a Bobcat.
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