Kelsi Chapman Makes School History

Joins sister as first sibling 1,000-point scorers

Magnolia’s Kelsi Chapman receives her game ball from head coach Tom Tisher, right, and athletics director Brian Castilow to recognize her 1,000th career point, prior to Monday’s home game with St. Marys. Photo by Cody Tomer

NEW MARTINSVILLE — On Dec. 29, Magnolia’s Kelsi Chapman had no idea she needed 23 points to reach a rare milestone.

As Magnolia hosted Tyler Consolidated, the senior standout was closing in on her 1,000th career point but she had no clue.

Then, with 30 seconds left on the clock and Chapman already turning in 21 points, Blue Eagles coach Tom Tisher called a timeout.

“Coach called a timeout and told me that I only needed two more points to reach 1,000 points,” Chapman said. “It was the first time I had even heard about it. He just said to get me the ball.”

The rest was history as her teammates made sure the ball found her hands and she did the rest, picking up the two points she needed, finishing the game with exactly 23 points to put her at the 1,000-point mark.

“I thanked my teammates for doing that for me because it meant a lot to me,” Chapman said.

On Monday, Chapman was honored before Magnolia’s home game with St. Marys with a game ball recognizing her accomplishment.

However, she is not the first person in her family to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

Her older sister, Mallory, also reached the mark when she suited up for the Blue Eagles, making them the first siblings to earn 1,000 points in school history.

“It is a really cool thing to have done in front of the home crowd,” Kelsi Chapman said. “It is an even better feeling to know my sister and I are the only siblings to ever do it.”

Even with all of the excitement about being recognized for a tremendous accomplishment, Chapman was still focused on the team and the task at hand, which was winning the game.”

“This was a big game for us for seeding purposes,” Chapman said.

“I was more focused on the game but being recognized before the game was very nice.”

The 1,000-point scorer finished Monday’s game with 12 points.

Chapman is a leader on and off the court for Tisher’s Blue Eagles and he is grateful for everything she does for the team.

“She is a very helpful senior,” Tisher said. “She helps us tremendously and does everything we ask her to do. She is a good offensive player and she is doing a really good job defensively for us and we are happy that she is here.”

The respect is mutual between the player and coach as Tisher has continued to believe in her, even when she doesn’t shoot the ball well.

“He is a good coach,” Chapman said. “He has all of the confidence in the world in me. When I am off, he tells me to keep shooting until I make them. It is good to play for someone who has faith in what you can do.”

This achievement just adds to a thrilling senior year that Chapman has already strung together. She was named first team all-state during the volleyball campaign in the fall, which was just the beginning to a stellar final chapter of Chapman’s career at Magnolia.

“This means a lot to me,” Chapman said. “I have played here for four years and I look for big things for us in the future. Its only going to get better from here.”

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