The spotlight suits her game, not her personality.
Adrianna Moore will leave Preble Shawnee High School as perhaps the best all-around female basketball player in school history. It’s a debate she doesn’t want to enter.
“I’m just a quiet person. I don’t like talking about myself,” Moore said. “I’m just a hard worker. I’m going after every ball. I’m not giving up until the end.”
Moore was in the spotlight last Saturday when she topped the 1,000-point mark in a 58-45 loss at Waynesville. She’ll be in the spotlight again Thursday when the Arrows host Northridge for Senior Night — Moore is the only senior on the team.
Shawnee coach Joe Webster loves to talk about “Big A.”
“She’s the hardest-working kid I’ve ever had, and I’ve been coaching out here — boys and girls — for 14 years,” Webster said. “I had a couple guys I tried to get to work out with her in the summer, and they couldn’t hang.
“She’s got the two things that not every kid has, heart and work ethic. Just give me that and we can win a lot of games. That’s why she’ll be successful at the next level, no doubt in my mind.”
The 5-foot-9 Moore is averaging 15.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game on an 8-7 team that includes five freshmen and four sophomores.
The numbers are down a bit (she averaged 17.7 and 11.0 last year) as opponents put a heavy emphasis on controlling her.
She has 1,005 career points and trails only 1990 graduate Shannah McIntosh Plaugher, who confirmed that she scored 1,686 points. Her daughter Malorie is a freshman who plays on the varsity with Moore.
Back in the day, McIntosh was a force as a post player. Webster didn’t get to see her in action, but he thinks Moore might be a better all-around player because she literally plays every position on the floor.
“She’s going to be the second-leading scorer, second in rebounding, in the top two or three in all categories,” Webster said. “To me, ‘A’ has to play everywhere and does it all.
“She’s the ultimate team player because she likes to see her teammates be successful. She worries that everybody else doesn’t get enough touches or looks, and that says a lot about her as a person.”
Moore is a three-year starter who played a considerable amount as a freshman.
She said reaching 1,000 points became a goal after her junior season. That’s when she was told how close she was. Finally getting there last weekend was a relief.
“Now I’m not so stressed about it,” Moore said. “Now I can just get back to playing again.”
Asked about her collegiate possibilities, she mentioned places like NAIA Indiana East and NCAA Division III Capital. Webster is confident that she could be an impact player at the D-III level.
“She can go play and stand out without a problem,” he said. “When she decides that basketball is now going to be her primary thing, she’s going to be that good. She runs well. She jumps as well as most 6-footers. She sees the floor.”
Soccer was the first love for Moore, a Gratis resident. But basketball gradually gained momentum in her life.
“Now I can’t get enough of it,” she said. “I just love everything about it.”
Moore isn’t focused on personal goals. She wants Shawnee to finish with a winning record and make a little noise in the Division III postseason.
And she’d like to beat Madison, which has already clinched the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division title, when the Mohawks come to Camden on Feb. 10.
“We have not beaten Madison in all of my high school career,” Moore said. “To beat them would mean the world to me.”