of Liberty Christian (Redding, Calif.)
added another bullet point to what has been a noteworthy resume as she continues to play for the Patriots boys basketball team.
In Tuesday's California Interscholastic Federation Division V Northern California Regional contest against Ripon Christian, Asdourian connected on a free throw in the final minute. The Patriots won 67-55, according to the Redding Record Searchlight
, and next move on to play at St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) on Saturday night.
A girl playing on a boys team is rare, but has occurred before. But a girl scoring in a California state playoff game? Well, that may be a first. We are researching the best we can to see if Asdourian made history on her home court.
"I got the ball then they trapped me in the corner and I just pivoted until they called a foul," Asdourian told MaxPreps. "It was a little different because there was a lot more people there watching, so I was nervous to go in."
Coach Todd Franklin said eight Patriots players got some playing time, including Asdourian, whose only action was in the final minute. He said her story continues to get noticed all across the nation, and that she may well have made history.
"It may have been historical in regards to
women being able to play in the man's game," Franklin said. See our California state playoff brackets
He added that Ann Meyers Drysdale, general manager of the Phoenix Mercury and the first woman to sign an NBA contract, sent Asdourian a book and a letter after MaxPreps first told her story
According to Rebecca Brutlag of the CIF, it's unknown if it was history being made. But certainly likely.
"There have been other girls on small school boys basketball teams (similar to Liberty Christian). We haven't heard of one scoring in a regional playoff game, but doesn't mean it never happened previously," she said in an email. "The CIF and at Cal-Hi Sports (which compiles state records) do not have any other specific examples of it happening before."