On the way to leading Eureka to its first girls state basketball berth in 30 years, Tessa Leman became the school’s all-time scoring leader regardless of gender.
Leman’s 29-point performance in Monday’s 54-47 super-sectional win over Pleasant Plains sends the Hornets to state. And it sent the senior guard into the school record book.
She passed Jordan Prosser as the school’s career scoring champion. But Leman was more impressed with her team ending a 30-year state drought.
“I didn’t even know how close I was or anything, I was just so focused on making it to Redbird and that was kind of the main thing on my mind,” said leman. “This is about the team this year, and making it to state, and I think that this scoring thing kind of pales in comparison to Redbird. So it’s pretty exciting.
Leman, who now has 1,749 career points, leads Eureka into Friday’s 5:30 p.m. state semifinal against Chicago Harlan at Redbird Arena.