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When Douglas girls' basketball player Jordynn Toliver's remarkable game last Thursday was over, she was in rare company that included only one other person.

Herself.

Toliver's 36 point outburst set a Douglas basketball record for most points scored in a game, a record that was previously held by herself.

"I was excited, it was cool because I got it at the end of the year last year, and now to get it at the beginning of the year was exciting," she said. "We had a rough week of practice but pulled it together as a team."

It hasn't just been the 36 point night Thursday, during the Patriots second game of the season against Alliance, Neb. Toliver went for 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Toliver said she's never been one for counting her own stats, so when she came out of Douglas's 57-41 victory over Hot Springs, she had no idea she had broken her previous record of 28.

Her coaches told her as she came out of the game

Scoring at a prolific rate is nothing new for the junior, who seems to be able to do it all. Defensively she's been able to generate turnovers since the beginning of her career because of the guidance of her coaches.

"In practice we do a lot of drills that help with that, predicting where the ball is going to go," she said. "You're supposed to see the ball and your man, and that makes it easier to jump the ball."

Where Toliver thinks she's really from last season is her outside shooting. She's always been able to drive to the basket, but during the summer she dedicated herself to working on her outside game, and so far it is paying off.

Toliver said most of her points came off steals and outside shots Thursday when she broke the record.

It is hard, however, to get Toliver away from what she has been doing her entire basketball career, and that is being aggressive when taking the ball to the basket.

"Ever since I was little I've been told to go to the basket and be aggressive with the ball, that's how I've always been doing it," she said. with a smile. 

While she worked on her outside shot, the rest of the team was also in the gym, getting ready for the season.

Last year Douglas failed to make the state tournament, but so far Toliver has the Patriots in a much better spot only three games in.

After an opening night loss on the road to Lead-Deadwood 48-47, the Patriots have responded well. They currently sit at 2-1 with two wins coming in blowout fashion, and with Toliver having a big scoring night.

"I think we've really improved, everyone was getting in the gym this summer," she said. "Everyone has gotten better and I think we can only go up from here."

Her own record may be hard to break, but Toliver still has time this year and next to make a further mark on Douglas basketball history.

The next chance for Toliver and Douglas will come tonight as the Patriots take on the 1-4 Rapid City Central Cobblers on the road. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m.

Others receiving consideration:

Shay Trimble, Rapid City Stevens gymnastics

Trimble had another exceptional weekend for the Raiders, winning the all-around (37.675 points), vault (9.45), bars (9.55) and floor exercise (9.65) titles at the Jill McCormick Invitational in Mitchell.

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Her success led Stevens to a second place team finish with 139.5 points, just .6 points behind Mitchell for first at the meet. 

Aiden Bizardie, Todd County boys' basketball

Bizardie led the Falcons to a 3-1 record and second place finish in the Paha Sapa bracket of the Lakota Nation Invitational over the weekend. He scored 94 points in four games for an average of 23.5 points per game.

Todd County is off to a 4-2 start on the young season.

Cooper McLaughlin, Wall girls' basketball

It was a big weekend for the Eagles, as they topped Jones County and Harding County with big wins behind big night from McLaughlin.

The junior guard scored 28 points in Friday's 52-40 win over the Coyotes, and 23 in a blowout 60-25 win over the Ranchers Saturday for a weekend average of 25.5.

Wall is 3-1 on the season.

Tiara Flying Horse, McLaughlin girls' basketball

Flying Horse led all girls' scorers with 109 points during the LNI, including 35 in a win over St. Francis Indian Thursday.

Her four game average was 27.25 points per game.

Contact Geoff Preston at geoffrey.preston@rapidcityjournal.com

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