When Lithia Springs coach David Mills called a timeout in the middle of Friday’s game against Hiram, junior guard Kiana Johnson wasn’t quite sure what her coach was doing.
“We were in a good flow, and I had just hit back-to-back baskets,” Johnson said.
To her surprise, the timeout was done to stop the game to honor her in joining some elite company. Johnson had just scored her 1,000th career point in a Lions’ uniform.
“I was surprise because I didn’t know I was that close,” said Johnson, who has started since her freshman season. “Coach shook my hand and said he was going to give me the game ball after the game.”
The Lions lost 65-51 to Region 5-AAAAA leader Hiram, but Johnson pumped in 20 points to reach the milestone. In an earlier game against Hiram, she had 27 points.
On Saturday, Johnson followed her performance with a 25-point outpour in a win over Allatoona.
“I’m just doing what I can to help this team win,” Johnson said. “I’ve felt that I’ve gotten better with each season.”
Last season, she averaged xx.x points to help the Lions secure the No. 2 seed from the region for the state playoffs. Lithia Springs lost to Stephenson in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs.
Mills said Johnson has steadily improved each season and expects her to continue on that path.
“We’ve know about her before she got her,” Mills said. “She give a big infusion to our offense. We knew what kind of athlete she was coming out of middle school. She has gotten better with each season.”
Johnson has drawn the interest of Div. I schools like Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Georgia State and Elon.
She is averaging about 20 points this season, and Mills said that is a testament to her hard work.
“Each game the opponents come in with the intention of stopping No. 14,” Mills said. “She gets the majority of her points in the flow of the game. We run a couple of sets for her, but most of the points come within the flow of the game.”