Queen of the charts: Schreacke breaks QND career scoring record
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The phone rings or the text message notification sounds on a Sunday night and Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball Eric Orne knows what it is.
Abbey Schreacke wants in the gym.
“Of course, I scoot down there to let her in,” Orne said.
Had the 6-foot senior guard not had the desire and commitment to do that throughout her career, what took place Sunday afternoon might not have happened.
With a 3-pointer from the top of the key midway through the first quarter against Columbia Rock Bridge in the Sophie Cunningham Classic, Schreacke broke the QND career scoring record of 1,907 points previously held by Jordan Frericks.
Schreacke finished with 32 points in the 65-58 loss to the Bruins at Columbia College’s Southwell Complex and now has 1,934 points and is well on her way to becoming the second high school girls basketball player in Quincy history with 2,000 or more points.
Ruth Kipping holds the Quincy High School record with 2,287.
“It’s really exciting, especially with it being Jordan,” Schreacke said. “If she’s going to pass the torch to anyone, I think she’d be proud that it’s me. That’s just what our culture is about.”
Orne echoed that sentiment.
“It’s good to have records broken, but I know Jordan is extremely proud that someone like Abbey and her talents did break it,” Orne said.
The setting made it almost perfect, too.
Frericks played at the University of Missouri and was a teammate of Sophie Cunningham, the current Phoenix Mercury standout, for three seasons. Cunningham and her sister, Lindsey, who was the Classic co-organizer, both played for the Tigers.
Legendary Mizzou men’s basketball coach Norm Stewart was in attendance, too.
It put Schreacke, a Mizzou signee, in the spotlight.
“That makes it cool, too,” Schreacke said of all the Mizzou ties to Sunday’s game. “Sometimes I wish it was at home and we win the game, but under the circumstances, it’s really exciting.”
“This is what happens when the lights aren’t always showing and she’s in the gym,” Orne said. “It’s the work and the study she puts in. She knows the game. She takes herself to the next level, and I’m extremely proud of her.”
With her college signing and record chase out of the way, Schreacke can focus on guiding the Raiders to the defense of their Class 2A state championship.
“We have big plans,” she said.
The work to achieve that never ends.
“Her ultimate goal is to get back there and give herself and this team another opportunity,” Orne said.
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