Whether the Wilson Evo NXT basketball bounced off the rim or the backboard, it belonged to Clarissa Warren on Wednesday evening.
“Every time the ball went up, I was just focused on the ball. I was just like, ‘Nobody’s gonna get this ball over me,’ ” Warren said.
“This is my court, my house. I’m getting each ball that goes up in the air and comes down.”
By the time the buzzer sounded on South View’s 77-67 overtime win against Cape Fear, Warren had pulled down 30 rebounds to go with 15 points in a double-double performance that will earn her a spot in the N.C. High School Athletic Association record book.
One of just 11 players in NCHSAA history to accomplish the feat, according to association's website, Warren is the first player since 2018 to grab 30 or more rebounds in a game.
Columbia’s Michelle Richardson, who grabbed 36 rebounds against Cape Hatteras in 1992, holds the single-game record. Warren is tied for 11th on the list.
“She didn’t even know how many she had,” South View coach Jamilia Williams said.
“When she found out, she was very excited. The whole team was excited.”
Williams, who described Warren’s night as “amazing,” said the Tigers have been encouraging the 5-foot-11 senior forward to keep pushing in the post and attack the glass.
With Wednesday's historic performance, Warren, who averaged nine rebounds in the first 13 games of the season, logged her eighth double-double and helped the Tigers (10-4, 5-1) extend their win streak to eight.
Staff writer Rodd Baxley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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