DUBLIN — Trinity Christian fans might not be ready to think about it, but Anna Claire Knight has only one more season in a Lady Crusaders uniform.
Knight, who surpassed the 2,000-point milestone this season, and the Lady Crusaders won state titles in GISA Class AA during her eighth-grade and freshman seasons. This season, the Lady Gators reached the AAA title game for the first time, played in a state championship game for the third time in four years and reached the Final Four for the fifth time in six years.
Knight led Trinity to a 32-2 record, with the team’s only losses coming to Gatewood in the Region 4-AAA title game and the state championship game. In leading the Lady Crusaders to a school record for wins, the junior has been named The Telegraph’s All-Middle Georgia GISA Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
“We’ve been blessed to coach her and have her in our program,” Trinity head coach Rick Johnson said. “She has all the attributes that you need to have to be a good teammate. Everybody cheers for Anna Claire because she’s such a good player and she does everything the right way. Good players can get their stats, but great players make their teammates better, and she has certainly been a great player for us.”
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Knight, who is drawing plenty of interest from college programs, has one more season to lead the Trinity program, and if it’s anything like the rest of her career, it should be a top-notch year.
She has 2,247 career points and set the program’s single-season record this season with 814 points. Knight averaged 23.9 points and 5.1 rebounds this season while shooting 51 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the line.
“It’s weird to think I only have one more year; I really can’t believe it,” Knight said. “We’re going to have a lot of seniors next year, and I think we’re all going to be ready to step up and lead the program, and it should be a fun year.”
Knight will spend her summer playing AAU ball to get ready for her senior season and a college career that will follow. She said will spend that time working on her quickness, especially on defense, and won’t really think about her college decision until after that.
First, there is one final season to take care of with the Lady Crusaders.
“She has meant so much to our program,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be great to have her for one more season, and she’s going to have a lot of options and choices after that.”