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Trinity’s Saurborn honored to join 1,000-point club

Created on:   Mon, Jan 8, 2018   11:43 PM

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MORGANTOWN — Emily Saurborn is no stranger to performing at a high level.

The Trinity girls’ basketball senior has already made a permanent mark on the track for the Warriors as a three-time all-state 800-meter runner.

But for Saurborn, dominance in one sport wasn’t enough.

As far back as she can remember, she set her sights on a lofty goal on the hardwood as well — the 1,000-point milestone. She finally achieved her goal on Dec. 27.

“It’s an honor, and a blessing. I never thought I’d be able to do it, as I’ve never been the leading scorer before in my four years at Trinity,” Saurborn said. “It just shows that if you work hard, you can achieve a lot.”

The basket came on a free throw, as the Warriors battled Cascia Hall Prep (Okla.), at ESPN Wide World of Sports, in Orlando, Fla.

“Their coach had gotten a technical,” Saurborn said. “And I was chosen to shoot the free throw.”

Saurborn stepped up to the line, went through her pre-shot routine, and nailed the shot that would further entrench her position in the annals of Trinity history. But if you ask her, she’s still shocked that it actually happened.

“It was definitely a goal I had, but it didn’t seem like it could become a reality until midway through my junior year,” she said.

“There are games that definitely made it difficult, games I didn’t score in or scored very little in. But after a hard game like that, I would go to the gym and try to get more shots in so it wouldn’t happen again.”

Others had more faith that Saurborn would reach her goal. Trinity head coach Mike Baldy is one such person.

“Emily has been a hard- working player for years. She is one of the toughest players that I have ever coached,” Baldy said.

Her toughness and ability didn’t come without a lot of hard work, though, and she’s put her fair share of sacrifices into becoming the player she is today.

“I shoot every day. I usually try to stay every day after practice to get more shots in too. I try to have the ball in my hands a lot, so when it comes game time I can knock down the shots that I need to,” she said.

“I also train with my trainer twice a week, doing strength training and injury prevention. I’ve been doing that since my sophomore year.”

In addition, Saurborn also recalls spending a good amount of time at the Nate Smith Basketball School, in Morgantown, and she gives them a lot of credit for her shooting ability.

“I’ve worked out there for 10 years now,”she said. “That’s helped my shot out a lot.”

For Trinity, Saurborn’s talent and work ethic has played a big part in the program’s recent success.

A pivotal cog in the Warriors’ scoring machine, Saurborn provides the sole senior leadership on the floor and, along with junior Reagan Sharp, forms a dynamic duo that has led Trinity to a 6-3 record this season.

“She is someone we can count on every night,” Baldy said.

“I never go into a game thinking, ‘We really need Emily to step up tonight.’ I know she’s going to step up each game.”

However, as much as it means to Saurborn to hit 1,000 points, the big picture isn’t about her.

If you ask her what’s next for her basketball career, she’ll give the same answer each time.

“Hopefully we can make it down to Charleston and play on the state level.”