Greenville’s Somerfield reaches 1,000 points

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:37 am on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Greenville’s Leah Somerfield turns to the basket during a district tournament game last season. Somerfield scored her 1,000th career point on Monday against Lowell.

GREENVILLE — It’s already been an outstanding 12 months for Greenville senior Leah Somerfield on the basketball court.

Last season, Somerfield helped to lead the Yellow Jackets to their first conference (O-K Bronze) title since 1990. Somerfield earned all-state honors at the end of the season and prior to the current season, committed to play college basketball for Oakland University.

On Monday, Somerfield added to her basketball accolades when she reached 1,000 career points, becoming the first Greenville girls player to do so.

“It’s a big milestone. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get to 1,000,” Somerfield said. “It’s awesome. I had no idea I would get that.”

Somerfield dropped 27 points on the Lowell Red Arrows on Monday. She had no idea she had reached the milestone until the announcement was made between the girls and boys games.

“Coach (Eric Nichols) told me to come into the gym and they announced it,” Somerfield said. “I had no idea. It was awesome.”

Somerfield — a four-year varsity player — is averaging around 15 points and 10 rebounds per game this year. She is the model of consistency.

“Leah has just simply continued to improve her game,” Nichols said. “She comes to work everyday in practice. She is the hardest worker we have in practice and leads by example.

“I’m really happy for her. That is quite an accomplishment. It doesn’t matter boy or girl that’s an incredible accomplishment,” he added.

Greenville girls basketball statistics have not been recorded over the years. It would take some time researching to find out other girls top scorers. It is not exactly known when Somerfield became Greenville’s all-time leading scorer.

There is no doubt, though, Somerfield is first with more than 1,000 points.

“To be the first girl to do this is really an honor,” Somerfield said. “I feel like getting it this early, I can really add to the total.”

Still with all the individual accomplishments, the main goal for Somerfield is to win another conference title and even a district title.

“I really want to win a conference title and put another year up on the banner,” Somerfield said. “I really think we are going to get that this year. Districts, we will do pretty well if we stay focused.”

Last year, Greenville finished 18-5 overall, but lost in the district finals. Chemistry, this year, may just carry the Yellow Jackets to that title.

“We have such good chemistry on this team,” Somerfield said. “A lot of us have played together since seventh grade and even younger. Chemistry is a big thing.”

Somerfield added to her total with a game-high 14 points on Tuesday at home against Grand Rapids West Catholic. She also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Greenville will play at Forest Hills Northern on Friday and at Northview on Saturday.

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