Enck nets 1,000th

By on January 28, 2015
 Lititz Christian senior forward Lexi Enck outduels three Lancast¬er County Christian School defenders to reach the 1,000 point threshold for her career last Friday. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Lititz Christian senior forward Lexi Enck outduels three Lancast¬er County Christian School defenders to reach the 1,000 point threshold for her career last Friday. (Photo by Mike Shull)

On more than one occasion last Friday night, Lititz Christian senior Lexi Enck had the ball inside the paint and passed it off to a teammate.

Finally, Lady Eagles’ coach Genna Antes pulled her star forward aside to offer instruction.

“I needed her to score,” Antes said, “and she was like, ‘I don’t want to be selfish.’”

When Enck did finally score her 1,000th career point &tstr; on a fourth-quarter layup inside after taking a pass from Gillian Stewart on her way to a game-high 22 &tstr; in Lititz Christian’s 36-24 win over Lancaster County Christian, a weight was lifted off her shoulders.

She entered the game 18 points shy of the mark, a fact she only learned the night before.

“I saw an article in the newspaper, so I knew I needed 18 and that was kinda stressful, not so much that I didn’t think I would get it, but I didn’t want to play different because of it,” Enck remarked “So after it happened, I was just like, ‘OK, I can start playing my normal basketball game again.’ It was a relief after that.”

Enck becomes the first Lititz Christian girls player to reach the milestone since Angie Rapchinski did it in 2007. Jeremiah Hershberger notched his 1,000th for the Eagle boys in 2009.

“It really was (an honor),” Enck said. “To me, (Angie Rapchinski and Jeremiah Hershberger) were much older than I was, so it kinda feels like I’m going up there on that banner with, like, the Gods and Goddesses who played before, so it’s kinda cool.”

Both Enck and Antes were quick to include the entire team in the accomplishment. The fact that Enck achieved her feat in a win that the Lady Eagles (8-2 league, 11-6 overall) needed in their playoff chase made the moment even better.

“I hate being the center of attention,” Enck said, “so it was great that afterward, it wasn’t just people coming up to me and congratulating me for what happened. It was a team effort too.”

“It’s definitely something that I enjoyed getting to witness as a coach,” Antes said. “It was an emotional moment for me and I know the girls were really excited. We haven’t put any emphasis on it at all this year because it was almost stressful and a burden to Lexi.”

Defending against Enck has been a burden for the Lady Eagles’ opponents. Her speed and athleticism are just two of the characteristics that have made her not only a top-flight basketball player, but an All-State volleyball selection in the fall.

Enck plans to attend the University of Bridgeport, located in Connecticut. Due to the demands with her major (dental hygene), she is undecided at this time about continuing her volleyball career.

“Specifically with basketball because of her speed and her ability to jump and move quickly,” Antes said, “she rebounds very well and if she gets the ball in the paint and she’s open, most defenders can’t stop her at that point. She’s too fast. She gets a lot of steals and again, many teams can’t stop her once she’s in transition because she’s too fast. She just has a lot of speed, she has a long reach and she’s aggressive.”

Add toughness to her list of qualities as well. In her career at Lititz Christian, she has played through a variety of injuries, including shin splints, knee ailments and shoulder problems.

“One of Lexi’s biggest assets is her high tolerance for pain,” Antes said. “She has battled through injuries and shin splints for several years now, but she plays through it time and again. Most other people wouldn’t have reached 1,000 simply because they wouldn’t have played through her pain. She is one of the toughest people I know.”

“I’m just kind of a mess,” Enck laughed. “My warmup says, ‘Bionic Woman,’ because that’s what people have called me.”

From here on out, people will call her something else … a 1,000-point scorer.

“I’m super proud of her,” Antes said. “She has come a long way. She’s always been a gifted athlete, but she has just really fine-tuned her skills over the last couple of years.”

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