By Seth Vanderwest
KENT CITY–As the clock wound down in the third quarter of a non-conference matchup against Fowler back on January 3, Kent City’s Lexie Bowers dribbled around the top of the key.
Just before the clock hit zero, the senior crossed over, stepped back and launched a three-pointer from 4 feet behind the arc that fell softly through the hoop. With that shot, Bowers reached 1,000 career points and joined an exclusive group of prep athletes.
One key to Bowers’ success has been her longevity. She has been a varsity player since she was a freshman, when she had to play against players with several years of maturity and experience on her.
She averaged 8 points per game off the bench that season on a Kent City team that went 22-2 and won a district title.
As a sophomore, Bowers averaged similar numbers, but upped her efficiency, shooting 35 percent from the 3-point line. That season, the Eagles made a run to the state finals, their first finals appearance in school history.
In her junior year, she was finally handed the keys to the offense and proved she knew what to do with them. She averaged 16.5 points and nearly 4 assists per game while leading the Eagles back to the state finals. Bowers earned all-conference and first team all-state honors that year as well.
“I love all the girls and I’ve loved every team that I’ve had,” said Bowers. “It’s been a great 4 years.”
So far as a senior, she is averaging 21 points and 3 assists while expanding on other aspects of her game.
Her defensive stats and rebounding numbers have taken significant ticks upward this season.
“Lexie has not become this talented by chance,” said coach Aleah Holcomb. “She has put
in thousands of hours of practice and she is someone that does not rely on anyone else to help her reach her goals.”
One of Bowers’ goals was to play basketball in college, which she plans to accomplish next fall at Northwood University. She recently signed her National Letter of Intent.
“Northwood’s players and coaching staff were really welcoming and I liked the family aspect,” said Bowers. “And the colors are pretty.”
She intends to study sports management at Northwood in the hopes of becoming an athletic director one day.
For now, Bowers is focused on having a successful senior year of basketball. She has never lost a conference or district game and would like to keep that perfect record through this winter.
The Eagles are currently 11-2 (5-0 in the league) and riding a ten-game winning streak.