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Thigpen joins 1,000-point club

Senior is the 9th Lady Demon to reach milestone

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As a freshman during the 2014-15 season, Fike High’s Aniya Thigpen quickly established herself as a steady scorer for the Lady Demons varsity basketball team. She continued that all four years at the varsity level and, when she was done, she made sc hool history as the ninth player to score more than 1,000 points in a Fike uniform.

“It’s pretty exciting. I didn’t really think I wasn’t going to do but I did,” said Thigpen, who finished her career with 1,040 points after scoring 282 during her senior season. “At the beginning of the season, I was so far away and then in the middle of the season, I hurt my foot but I decided to play through it.”

She averaged 10.5 points over 99 games in her Fike career, posting averages of 9.0 as a freshman, 8.7 as a sophomore, 12.7 as a junior and 11.8 this past season.

Thigpen said that she always looked to pass first throughout her career but she managed to be a steady scorer.

“As a freshman, I came in as a good passer,” she said. “I looked to score but if a teammate was open, I looked to pass the ball.”

Thigpen joins Linda Barnes (class of 1984), Denise Hill (1990), Roc Canady (1997), Shemkia Reid (1998), Beth Foster (2000), Kelly Reid (2001), Barksdale Thompson (2007) and Tramicka James (2009) as members of the 1,000-point club at Fike, based on information provided by former Fike athletic director and girls basketball coach John Gay. Hill remains the Lady Demons’ all-time leading scorer with 1,605 points. Her 697 points in 1989-90 is also the Fike single-season record.

Angie Armstrong, who led the Lady Demons to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A title in 1978-79, scored 684 points that season. However, Armstrong played at Elm City High her first three years prior to the merger of Wilson city and county schools in 1978. No career totals for Armstrong are available but it is widely accepted that she scored well over 1,000 points in her varsity career at both schools. Armstrong’s Fike teammate in 1979, Daisy Williams, also came from Elm City and is believed to have scored more than 1,000 points at both schools.

Several other players have come close to scoring 1,000 points, including Briana Virgil and Teresa Atkinson — who, like Hill and Armstrong, is a member of the Fike High Athletic Hall of Fame, with more than 950 career points each. However, Thigpen’s classmate Jada Lee is also in the “just-missed club” with 985 points. Lee and Thigpen combined for more than 2,000 points as they provided a solid scoring punch from their days at Toisnot Middle through four years together at Fike.

The Lady Demons posted a 63-36 record and went to the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs all four years that Lee and Thigpen played varsity basketball. Fike posted a 24-16 record in the highly competitive 3-A Big East Conference during their careers.

“We’ve grown from middle school to high school, so it was pretty good that we could contribute to Fike basketball as a unit,” Thigpen said.

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