Madison Harris set career highs with 26 points and five treys in a loss Feb. 12 at Prairie Home.
“That’s the first time I have gone over 18 (points),” said the 15-year old Harris, a freshman on the young La Monte Lady Viking team.
Harris is one of the five freshmen Lady Vikings who moved up from last year’s undefeated Junior High team at La Monte. An excellent three-point shooter, Harris estimated she is averaging between 15 and 18 points per game.
Lady Viking Coach John Curry said Harris is shooting 38 percent inside the 3-point line, 35 percent from 3-point land and 55 percent from the free throw line.
Despite her big freshman season to date on the hardwoods, Harris prefers softball over all her other sports.
“I love softball,” said Harris, who has been playing the game since age five in the La Monte t-ball league. ”I just seem to be better at it.”
Harris plans to pitch for the Lady Viking softball team this spring and play first base. She has big dreams for her future on the diamond.
“I don’t know what I want to major in in college, but I want to go to the University of Alabama and play softball for them,” said Harris. “They have a good team. They won the (NCAA) national championship last year.”
Big dreams indeed, to walk the same land that Bear Bryant guided many Tide football teams to big success.
Harris has a good start on that goal in the classroom, where she had a 3.85 grade point on a 4.0 scale her first semester. She has not taken the ACT and her class academic rank will not be figured until the end of her freshman year. La Monte does not offer any weighted courses.
The 5-foot-8 Harris does not belong to any clubs or associations at La Monte, but plays volleyball, basketball and softball for the Lady Vikings.
She had to sit out her freshman year of volleyball after suffering torn tendons in her elbow during the summer softball season.
“It (her injury) was caused because I used to throw side-armed,” she said. “I am trying to learn to throw over the top.”
In her spare time, Harris enjoys fishing, four-wheeling and just about anything outdoors.
Harris is an only child in her family, but has three step siblings. She has two strep sisters: Sophia Bix, 10, Liberty, Mo.; and Madison Bix, 14, Liberty, Mo.; and one step brother, Austin Bix, Liberty, Mo.
Harris is the daughter of Brandi Bix, La Monte, and Donald Wayne Harris II, La Monte.