West Springfield’s Amy Berglund explodes for 30 points in career night

In her four-year varsity career No. 9 West Springfield guard Amy Berglund has always been very selective on when and where to shoot the ball. With her high basketball IQ, the 5-foot-9 Berglund shot a scorching 52 percent last season. This year, she’s up to 55 percent from the floor.

West Springfield senior Amy Berglund scores career-high 30 points for unbeaten Spartans (Photo by John McDonnell/Washington Post) West Springfield senior Amy Berglund scores career-high 30 points for unbeaten Spartans (Photo by John McDonnell/Washington Post)

In a Jan. 14 rout of West Potomac, Berglund exploded for a career-high 30 points, scoring on layups and pull-up jumpers while shooting 13-for-14 (93 percent). She hit her first 13 shots and didn’t miss until the fourth quarter. Spartans coach Bill Gibson subbed her out after the lone misfire.

“In my 30 years of coaching I have never seen anything like that,” Gibson said. “We really didn’t talk about it on the bench, but when she missed a shot it was a four-footer.”

Berglund said she felt sick prior to the tip and couldn’t make a shot in the pregame shootaround. But after knocking down her first couple of shots, she felt that she had the rhythm to have a big night.

Her superb shooting night compelled West Potomac Coach Kenny Farmer to ask her would she miss one for his team on an in-bounds play.

“I don’t remember ever having a game like that.” Berglund said. “I spend a lot of time shooting, and I try not to ever force a shot and pick my spots when I shoot. But I think this was pretty rare.”

The senior leads the Spartans in scoring at 19 points per game. With a deep, talented roster, West Springfield is the lone undefeated team in Northern Virginia at 14-0.

The Spartans have also gotten big scoring outputs from sophomores Jasmine Taylor (22 points against Madison on Dec. 30) and Shelby Haynes (19 points against T.C. Williams on Dec. 13) this season.

“When I’m not having a good game, I can count on others,” Berglund said. “Everyone is talented and a threat. If it’s not me scoring, other people can fill it up.”

Division III schools University of Northwestern (Minn.) and Grove City College (Penn.) are showing the guard interest. Most of Berglund’s family lives in St. Paul, Minn., where the University of Northwestern is located, and her brother attends Grove City.

The Spartans will take their unbeaten record into No. 17 T.C. Williams (10-5) in a rematch of a one-point thriller on Dec. 13.

“Coach Gibson pushes us hard and every game we prepare thoroughly for every team,” Berglund said. “We don’t take any team slightly and we just want to win, so we bring that intensity.”



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