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HAGEN: Young in elite class among SD Class AA scorers

It's rather odd the South Dakota High School Activities Association doesn't keep career-scoring records for high school basketball.

Go ahead, try calling the office in Pierre and asking where Mitchell senior Kerri Young ranks among Class AA girls' basketball players in state history. There likely will be a pause on the other end, and a polite lady explaining no one at the office has those numbers.

Earlier this week, we reported that Young was 33 points from surpassing Jeana (Hoffman) Krome for Mitchell High School's career-scoring record for girls' basketball. Young has 1,555 points and Krome -- who played from 1998 to 2004 -- has 1,565 points.

Because of her scoring average of about 17 points per game, we figured Young would pass Krome on Friday night in a home game against Sturgis. She sat out of Tuesday's victory over Pierre because of an illness, but she scored 22 points Friday, which put her 11 away from breaking the mark at MHS. Young will likely do that today, when the Kernels host Spearfish at 1:45 p.m. at the Corn Palace.

So naturally, we wondered where Young will rank all time in Class AA girls' basketball and we figured the SDHSAA should have those important numbers.

But since no one in Pierre could help, we did some research.

It took some digging, but we have determined that Young will hold the third-highest career-scoring record among South Dakota Class AA girls' basketball players when she passes Krome.

After calling each of the Class AA high schools throughout the week -- some multiple times -- and asking coaches, activities directors and front-desk clerks for their team's career-scoring record holder, we figure Young will likely finish behind Sturgis graduate Megan Mahoney and Huron's Amy Burnett in Class AA state history.

Mahoney holds the state record for most points scored in a Class AA girls' basketball career with 2,081. A South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year and Miss Basketball award winner, Mahoney graduated in 2001 and went on to play for Division I Kansas State.

She was selected in the third round of the WNBA Draft and played in that professional league until 2008.

Burnett scored 1,963 points and had 1,083 rebounds for Huron High School and graduated in 1990. She was also a Miss Basketball winner who went on to play at Division I Wyoming.

Young, a South Dakota State University signee, has already enjoyed a fantastic high school career, helping the Kernels to a state championship last year and leading the team in scoring since her freshman season.

She's already scored more points than Rapid City Stevens graduate Becky Hammon, a current player for the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars who also played for the Russian national team in the 2008 Olympics. Hammon scored 1,417 points in high school before going to Colorado State.

Young also has bragging rights on USD freshman Heidi Hoff, who scored a school-record 1,470 points for Brandon Valley, and SDSU senior Ashley Eide, who had a Washington High School record 1,277 points.

The Kernels' 6-foot senior will likely finish the season and her career with around 1,750 points if Mitchell heads back to the state tournament, which is highly likely. That's a remarkable number.

But even if she doesn't score another basket, she's already cemented her place as one of the best girls' basketball players in state history.

Class AA girls' basketball career-scoring records

Aberdeen Central: Alison Kusler: 1,120

Brandon Valley: Heidi Hoff: 1,470

Brookings: Kris Holwerda: 1,271

Douglas: Sheneka Lee: 799

Huron: Amy Burnett: 1,963

Mitchell: Jeana Hoffman: 1,565

Pierre: Steph Palauch: 1,284

*Rapid City Central: Chelsey Biegler: 911

Rapid City Stevens: Beck Hammon: 1,417

Sioux Falls Lincoln: Steph Schueler: 1,332

Sioux Falls O'Gorman: 1,228

Sioux Falls Roosevelt: Holly Sivesind: 1,469

*Sioux Falls Washington: Ashley Eide: 1,277

Sturgis: Megan Mahoney: 2,081

Watertown: Tara Heiser 1,340

Yankton: Diane Hiemstra: 1,436

*Indicates non-complete records. The Sioux Falls Washington and Rapid City Central coaches said no stats prior to their tenure were kept and the records indicate time since they started.