By Jeff Nations
FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County High School graduate Brandie Dodson's career scoring record has held for a long time -- 19 years, so far, and still holding.
It is true that Dodson, who graduated from Warren County in 1995 with 1,223 career points, is still tops among girls basketball players at the school. At this point, though, the snow might be the only thing keeping her there.
Senior Alesha Adams is just 10 points away from surpassing Dodson's career scoring mark, and record could be hers as soon as tonight when the Wildcats visit Strasburg for a Bull Run District girls basketball game -- if this week's snowfall doesn't force another postponement, that is.
When she's on the court, Adams has been making steady progress toward that record. Last week, she spent most of the night resting a sore calf in a blowout win against William Monroe. Three nights later, she was in the thick of the action in a 67-59 win against district and Conference 28 rival Central. Adams finished the night with 22 points and five blocks, earning The Northern Virginia Daily's Female Athlete of the Week honor for Jan. 5-Jan. 11.
A six-foot senior guard who verbally committed to Christopher Newport University back in November, Adams said the calf issues -- she gets cramps in both, but mainly the right -- have been ongoing for two years. This week, she wore a compression sleeve against Clarke County in an effort to alleviate that problem.
"It was last year, too," Adams said. "It's been a big fight, a long fight, but we're seeming to work on it and it's starting to get better."
Adams has looked just fine when she's on the court, leading the Wildcats to an 8-6 record so far this season.
"She does need a break every once in a while, but she's worked in the offseason to be ready to play 32 minutes," Warren County coach John Kelly said.
Against Central, Adams was determined to be out there for the Wildcats.
"That's one of our big games," Adams said. "We enjoy playing Central. It's always been a tough game for our team. All of us just came out ready to play.
"... I had a rhythm that night. My teammates were able to find me for shots and I was getting them to fall. And they were opening up the gaps for me to drive, which was really good."
Teammate Autumn Troxell, who's own offensive game has been coming along this season, chipped in 20 points against the Falcons. Troxell's continued emergence as a steady offensive threat will benefit the Wildcats in a number of ways, Kelly said, including forcing teams to abandon the junk defenses they've recently employed to stop Adams.
"Now that Autumn is stepping up a lot more, it opens up a lot more scoring for us," Kelly said. "Teams are backing off, so we can get her a lot more scoring opportunities."
Adams should have plenty of opportunities to score the next time the Wildcats take the court -- whenever that is -- as she tries to take over as Warren County's all-time scoring leader in girls basketball.
"It's exciting -- that's a huge goal," Adams said. "It's a goal that I had to set out for at the beginning of this year."
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