Rising star reaches early milestone

Faith Johnson is averaging 15 points per game this season.

Faith Johnson is shy off the court, but her game speaks volumes on it.

The freshman combo guard joined an elite group on Tuesday as she scored her 1,000th career point.

Johnson is the first freshman at Talladega County Central to score 1,000 points. The reigning Class 1A-3A Daily Home Player of the Year downplayed the milestone on Wednesday.

“I don’t think about it, I just play,” Johnson said. “The thing that matters to me is our team and teamwork.”

Johnson has played a major role in TC Central’s success this season, averaging 15 points per game. The Lady Fighting Tigers (15-5) are ranked fifth in 1A in the Alabama Sports Writers Association rankings.

TC Central head coach Robert Duncan is elated about what Johnson has been able to accomplish so far in her career.

“It goes without saying that it is a great accomplishment,” Duncan said. “It is a great accomplishment at any grade level in high school, but it is a special accomplishment as a freshman. It is a testament to the work that Faith Johnson puts in.

“Anytime that she is on the practice court, she is giving 110 percent. Anytime in a game, she is going 110 percent.  She works hard all the time, no matter if we are ahead or behind. She is always giving 110 percent.”

Johnson credits her passion for the game and her desire to be the best she can be for the success she is having.

“I work on my craft,” Johnson said. “I am serious about my talent, my craft and my team. I do everything that I can to help the team.”

Johnson leads a talented TC Central squad that has several players capable of having a big game on any given night.

Johnson has the ability to do it all for the Lady Fighting Tigers. She can create her own shot, shoot the 3 and post players up. She can set up her teammates, as well as rebound.

“It all generates around the team, but Faith Johnson is a special talent,” Duncan said. “No school gets them that often, and it is a great feeling. It makes coaching a lot easier when you have someone such as her with the talent that she displays, a good work ethic and a great attitude along with it. It goes without saying that the sky is limit for her in the future.”

Johnson’s mother, Angie Stevenson, is extremely proud of what she has been able to accomplish during her time on varsity.

“It makes me feel very proud of who she is and how well she works on her talents,” Stevenson said. “It really shows every time she is on the court how much she loves this school and how much she loves her team.”

Johnson and the Lady Fighting Tigers travel to take on Winterboro tonight at 5:30.