Tift basketball recognizes Shakiria Chaney for 1,000 points

Shakiria Chaney holds up a basketball in a shadow box, inscribed to commemorate her 1,000th point as a Tift County Lady Devil. Chaney, a four-year starter for Tift hit the milestone at the Deep South Classic Dec. 28. Chaney’s family, coaches, teammates and cheerleaders joined to honor her against Lowndes.

TIFTON — “Little Sis” now has a big accomplishment.

Shakiria Chaney was recognized for scoring her 1,000th high school point Jan. 7, after the Tift County Lady Devils defeated Lowndes, 64-52.

A four-year starter for Tift, Chaney hit the milestone Dec. 28 against Holy Innocents’ during the Deep South Classic. Chaney’s 1000th point was a three-point play in the third quarter, a basket and a free throw. She is the first Lady Devil to break that barrier since Audrey McElhaney in 2016-17.

She scored 219 her freshman year, starting with a basket in Tift’s 2018-19 opener against Columbia (Fla.). It only took Chaney her second game to reach double-digits, a 10-point effort against Crisp County, a night she also tied for the team high in points. By the end of her sophomore year, Chaney was well on her way, up to 585.

Had it not been for COVID-19 and a shortened Tift schedule — 16 games — Chaney had a shot of reaching 1,000 as a junior. She scored 262 points in those handful of contests, averaging 16 per game, and scoring 20 in five of those.

Along the way, she has picked up numerous region awards. Chaney was named 1-7A’s Co-Region Player of the Year with Colquitt County’s Carliss Johnson in 2021. She was All-Region first team as a sophomore and second team as a junior. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution named her All-State honorable mention in 2021 as well.

Head coach Julie Conner had been hopeful that Chaney would reach the milestone at home. She came close. Following the Valdosta game Dec. 17, Chaney was up to 986 for her career. The magic moment would have to happen on the road.

Next up for Chaney is 1,100 points. Through Saturday’s Westover contest, she had notched 1,064.

For her career, Chaney has averaged 12.5 points per game. She has scored at least 10 points in 55 of 85 contests. Her single game best is 27, set against Veterans in 2020.

Far from being a single sport athlete, she has additionally dominated on the volleyball court. Chaney was first team all-region in that sport in 2021, second team in 2020.

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