Senior Jamie Springstead has rewritten the SSES basketball record book, as she became the school’s all-time leading scorer – regardless of gender – in a Jan. 6 home victory against Patel High. Springstead eclipsed the career scoring mark set by 1981 graduate Mack Barnes (1,361 points). She established the new record for girls’ basketball as a junior, surpassing 2001 graduate Amy Pullen’s 1,027 points.
Springstead, who has committed to play basketball at Lake Forest College in Illinois, broke into the Falcons’ varsity roster as a seventh grader. She averaged 6.1 points per game that season and 4.3 the next before becoming a starter and key performer (9 points, 5.5 rebounds per game) for SSES as a freshman. Over the past three seasons, Springstead has averaged nearly 17 points per outing.
More importantly, she has led the turnaround of a program that failed to post a winning record or reach any kind of postseason play from 1999 to 2017. Since Springstead’s seventh grade season in 2016-17, the Falcons have gone a combined 91-47 with five consecutive winning seasons. The 2019-20 team reached the state Final Four and produced the best record in school history at 26-5. This year, the Falcons are 15-6 and riding a 10-game winning streak as post-season play approaches.
Springstead is averaging 17.9 points and a team-best 2.7 rebounds per game. She scored a career-high 32 points in a Jan. 20 win over Venice High. The Falcons open district tournament play on Feb. 2, hosting Out-of-Door Academy.