Hale surpasses 1,500 career points at Central Methodist [Mo]

January 4, 2018

Dajonee Hale basketball

Dajonee Hale

Anchorage’s Nene Hale climbed to fifth on Central Methodist all-time scoring list, but reaching the No. 1 spot isn’t her goal.

Helping the Eagles become No. 1 in the conference is.

With 29 points in last game, the senior scoring machine reached the 1,500-point milestone and moved into fifth place in program history with 1,503 points in 88 career games.

April Smith’s record of 1,862 could be in jeopardy, but that’s not Hale’s priority.

“I have bigger goals than worrying about the school record,” she told me. “I’m worried about getting to that national tournament. We are just focused on winning. One game at a time.”

Hale, of Houston High fame, is averaging a career-best 28.5 points this season and the 5-foot-8 All-American guard seems willing and capable to carry the NAIA team from Fayette, Missouri, across the finish line.

“I think being here at CMU has made me grow as a player and as a person,” she said. “Right now, I’m still focusing on the team getting better.”

Central Methodist is 3-1 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, a competitive league that features six teams with 4-0 and 3-1 records.

Last year, the Eagles finished 18-8 in league and finished third.

To compete for a conference championship this time around, Hale is going to have to bring her A-game. So usually does, but this year has been different.

Hale has pumped in 200 points in just seven games and is on pace to finish with 627 points in 22 games – she had 629 in 34 games as a junior.

“I’ve learned so much from my coaches over the years,” Hale said of Mike Smith, Greg Ray and Remy Lory. “And I continue to learn from them to this day. As I said before, I’ve learned to be a wiser, better person and better teammate.”