Chalker’s all-purpose player

Wildcats senior leads team, enters season as 1,000-point scorer

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Chalker’s Courtney Warnick, center, shoots a 3-pointer during Monday’s game at Maplewood High School. Warnick enters her senior year as a 1,000-point scorer. Maplewood’s Heidi Stiffler, left, and Courtney Hubbard, right, defend.

SOUTHINGTON — When she was in the eighth grade, people knew that Courtney Warnick would be quite the scorer, but no one anticipated she would become this good.

As just a junior at Chalker High School, Warnick eclipsed the 1,000-point mark before the end of last season.

She entered the 2017-18 season with 1,101 points and 314 career steals.

“Courtney Warnick is a special player. People don’t come around like her for long,” Chalker coach Matthew Yoder said. “I’m lucky to be in my fifth year coaching and have coached her for four years. I’m lucky. Coaches don’t ever see a player like that.”

Warnick became the first junior in school history to score over 1,000 points.

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems Chalker’s Courtney Warnick, right, goes up for a rebound over Maplewood’s Megan Wajda during Monday’s game at Maplewood High School.

“My teammates have really helped me out and pushed me to where I am. Of course my coach and parents have been working hard with me to get to this spot. It’s cool to be the only junior to do that,” Warnick said.

Beyond just the scoring on the court, Yoder said he thinks she has become the leader the team has always needed.

“If she keeps up the pace she is at, she will be well over 400 career steals. It starts with defense and it goes from there,” he said. “She works tirelessly on that end. Like I’ve said before, she had complete ACL surgery on July 28 and played in a game Saturday. Tuesday will mark four full months since then. That tells you where her heart is at.”

Yoder said he has never seen someone who works as hard and wants to play as much as Warnick does.

Four-hundred steals is the lowest level that the Ohio High School Athletic Association lists in statewide records for steals in girls basketball. She has a great chance to eclipse that point and more.

“It makes it easy to coach. I look at her like my daughter. Sometimes it makes my wife mad and sometimes my wife says I like Courtney more than I like my wife. The girls think that if Courtney will ask me to have pizza at practice that we will,” Yoder said.

Now Warnick has her entire senior season to go with even more records to break. Everything for her starts and stops on the defensive end.

“My defense really helped me get to 1,000 points. I usually break off into layups and that’s normally what got me to 1,000 points,” Warnick said.

She also said that despite the ACL surgery just a few months ago, “I don’t get the foul calls I used to get and that hurts my scoring a bit but I find my ways around that problem.”