Calvert senior Alexis Smith had kept the number in her head since the beginning of the season. The 5-foot-7 guard entered the year within striking distance of the all-time Calvert County scoring lead, a mark previously held by former Northern All-Met Jennifer Mitchell.
But actually passing 1,806 career points — the high mark among both boys and girls — proved more difficult than Smith expected. She needed just seven points to claim the county’s career scoring title on Feb. 17 at Northern, and she proceeded to miss her first four shots from the field.
In the second quarter of the Cavaliers’ 73-39 victory, Smith finally hit the three-pointer that vaulted her past Mitchell, a 1999 graduate who led the Patriots to three SMAC titles. The Drexel signee finished with a game-high 22 points and currently has 1,900 career points, heading into Wednesday’s Maryland 2A South semifinal against Oakland Mills.
“I was getting anxious, honestly,” Smith said. “I was like ‘Let’s break this and get this over with so I don’t have to worry about it anymore.’ I calmed down, got in my rhythm, got in my groove and broke it.”
Smith has set herself apart with speed in a four-year varsity career, showcasing an ability to play at a pace few in the area can match. She has helped the Calvert to their first Maryland 2A title in 2011 and then averaged a team-best 20.3 points per game last winter to earn third-team All-Met honors as the Cavaliers repeated.
Smith’s scoring had actually been down this season until picking up her offense over the past month. She has pushed her average to 18.1 points per game, which ties her for 28th best in the area, after scoring at least 20 points in five of her past six games. That a season-high 29 points in a victory over Great Mills last week.
Smith said she’s more focused on team success now that she’s scratched off the final individual goal of her decorated career.
“Three-peat, that’s all I want,” Smith said. “I got what I wanted for myself [with the county scoring record], and now my other thing is to win states, so I’m going to try to win states for my team.”