With two home games lined up this week, history could be in the making at Baker Gym.
Shae Littleford has whittled away at Morgan Sherwood’s all-time career scoring record at Charleston High even in a shortened season. Entering tonight’s Apollo Conference game with Taylorville, Littleford stands with 1,852 career points.
Littleford needs 24 points to tie and 25 points to break the CHS record, which is about her season scoring average.
Shae Littleford scored a game-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting from two-point range in a 71-46 victory over Taylorville on Feb. 8.
Coach Jeff Miller has coached the last two players—Sherwood and Stephanie Harper—to have broken the school’s all-time scoring record.
“She’s a hard worker that has put in so much time into taking her game to the next level,” said Miller. “She’s always consistent. Her stats speak for themselves.”
Littleford has started every game she has been able to play, dating back to her freshman season. She scored the fifth-most points (547) during the team’s Sweet 16 appearance. During her sophomore season, Littleford set the single-season record (707) during Charleston’s 29-1 record-setting season.
Even as an underclassman, Littleford brought a sharp basketball IQ. Miller has often said that Littleford was almost a version of himself on the court.
“First and foremost, she is a great leader,” said Miller. “She’s like having an extension of myself on the floor. I couldn’t tell you how many times she is calling the same play that I am.”
Littleford missed 10 games during her junior season after a knee injury sidelined her and she has additionally lost about half a season during this pandemic year. Having played just 16 games last year and only 14 games this season, Littleford will realistically have accomplished this feat in just three complete seasons.
Her resume will feature her name at the top of the record sheet in career points, single-season points, five games among the all-time list for most points in a game, plus career assists and steals.
“When it is all said and done, she is going to be the best point guard to ever go through Charleston High School,” Miller said. “She already leads in career assists and steals, and it’s about to be points, too. She does what any good point guard does — and that’s make the people around her better.”
Littleford has had some great teammates.
“With the exception of the year she was hurt and we started four freshmen, she has had a pretty outstanding supporting cast,” said Miller. “Her freshman year she had Paige Swango, Hope Griffin, and Kaitlyn Coffey. Then, our 29-1 team had some pretty great seniors that helped lead a team that accomplished something no team had ever done. This year, you look at her teammates and you will see some pretty darn good basketball players. What Shae had done is incredible, but she will also be the first to tell you that she wouldn’t be in this position without the support of the teammates she has had along the way.”
Dating back to 1976, only 10 female CHS players have scored more than 1,000 points in their career at Charleston. Miller has coached five of them.
“The program has been around since 1976 and there have been some pretty great players that have gone through Charleston,” said Miller. “Earlier in the season, she passed Paige Swango, who ranks in the state for most 3-pointers. She just passed Stephanie Harper, who had over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career. Morgan Sherwood just finished up a great career at the University of Southern Indiana. When you look back, it truly is impressive what she has done.”
Charleston enters tonight’s game with a perfect 10-0 record and could wrap up the Apollo Conference this week. With five games left, the conference crown and an undefeated season are the goals.
After that, Littleford will head to play for the University of Tennessee-Martin, visiting Eastern Illinois University in Ohio Valley Conference action at least once a season.
“In the end, she’s an outstanding player that has been a pleasure to coach,” said Miller. “She has a tremendously bright future ahead of her.”