When Sheridan Hopkins scored a career-high 41 points this past week, she knew somewhere out there, one of her mentors was proud of her.
The Ball High graduate who is currently in her sophomore season at the University of St. Thomas women’s basketball team in Houston, currently leads the NAIA in scoring with 24.8 points per game.
On Sunday, Hopkins helped the Celts to a 102-96 win over Texas Wesleyan with her career best performance. She dedicated the game to the late Jocelyn Goins, a Ball High administrator who died last week and was close to Hopkins.
“I lost somebody that I truly cared about,” Hopkins said. “I went out and played the game for her. She was one of my mentors in high school. She was someone I really cared about. I told my parents before the game that I was going to play this game for her. She did so much for me. I knew that someone was watching over me.”
Hopkins grabbed eight rebounds while sinking 14-of-21 shots from the field and 12-of-13 from the free throw line.
“To put up that many points was so crazy because I never scored so much,” Hopkins said. “It was a different game because I felt so calm and that I could go out and do my best. I knew after the game that she was there watching over me.”
Hopkins was rewarded with her second Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor of the season for her performance on Sunday.
She received her first Player of the Week honor Nov. 13.
So far this season, Hopkins has totaled 124 points to lead the NAIA.
“I’ve worked really hard over this past year to get to where I am and basically, coming in and practicing on my own time,” Hopkins said. “It just means so much to me since I didn’t expect this to happen. For me to get something out of it is great.”
The Celts now sit at 4-1 for the season.
It’s not every day that a sophomore is one of the team leaders. But Hopkins says she’s been able to handle taking on some of the leadership roles.
“This season has been going well so far. It was hard at first to get everyone on the same page,” Hopkins said. “But for me, coming in from last year and being one of the leaders on the court is difficult to take on but I’m handling it well. I have a great coach who supports me and great teammates. My coach allows me to be the leader that I am. We’ve been doing great things on the court. We’re playing well.”
The Celts will next play at Sam Houston State at 11 a.m. Saturday.