Stana Jefferson yelled at Brooke Pedersen a year ago. She told her she has got to shoot the basketball more.
Pedersen, then a junior at Andover Central, loved to pass. An assist made her happier than any basket could.
“The girl is so unselfish,” Jefferson said. “The last few years, her focus was on assists and making our team better.”
Tuesday night against Eisenhower, Pedersen shot — and shot ridiculously well. She hit 11 of 15 three-pointers, breaking the previous school record set by Kari Kincaid, who hit nine before starting her career at Kansas State.
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Pedersen finished with 37 points, including 10 made threes in a row at one point.
Andover Central had two strong scorers last season with All-Metro selection Skylar Snodgrass, who is playing at Wyoming, and Katie Kretchmar. Pedersen really didn’t need to score much and could focus on facilitating.
But the Jaguars need production from multiple players this season, and Pedersen has obliged.
She is averaging 21 points, tied for second in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail II with Maize South’s Sydney Mortensen and just behind Andover’s Jaylyn Agnew.
“She’s been open,” Jefferson said. “Her feet are ready, she’s on balance. She’s a very confident kid.”
Tuesday night, though, was special.
“It got to where it was like, ‘shoot it, Brooke,’ ” Jefferson said. “She was just in a zone. I was sitting there, ‘holy crap.’
“But I wasn’t shocked. I’ve seen her shoot a basketball a million times. It was good to see her take every open shot, and she still got all her assists.”