By Nick Snow
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Like most coaches, Stillwater High School girls basketball coach Carl Treat looks for one thing in a point guard — consistency.
Stillwater senior Austyn Iven is the epitome of that consistency. No matter how much her teammates struggle — as was the case against Bishop McGuinness — Iven is always there to carry the load.
“She’s been a great, consistent scorer for us,” Treat said. “She’s scored double figures in every game but one this year. She has been our leading scorer and we expected that. She’s carried that well and is able to get herself to the free-line and gets us in our offense and run things. We have a little more freedom on the offensive end because of her talents.”
Iven may have put up big numbers and carried the load for Stillwater this season, but this is hardly news. Even on a night when the Lady Pioneers shot 19 percent from the field against the Lady Irish, Iven still managed to tally 12 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Perhaps it’s that consistency that has led Stillwater to 47 wins in the three years that Iven has been at the point.
“I’m really proud of the fact that I’m just three wins shy of 50,” Iven said. “It’s something that hasn’t happened a lot here. We wouldn’t have won if it was just me — it’s take a team effort to get to that point.”
It may have taken a team effort but it’s also taken some stellar individual performances from Iven, who has often willed the Lady Pioneers to victory through her hard work.
“I just try to be a leader,” Iven said. “You have to be vocal and lead by example. I just go out and give 100 percent each time and we’ve had a lot of younger players that have stepped up to the challenge.”
Typical of a point guard, Iven is always willing to dish the accolades on to her teammates — saying that she is just the benefactor of their play. But in reality, Iven has put in her fair share of time at the gym, as well.
From the extra free throws and 3-pointers taken before and after practice to learning when to put the ball on the floor, Treat said Iven’s improvement over the course of her career has been astronomical.
“It’s been great,” Treat said. “This year she’s been driving more and finishing at the rim instead of just shooting the 3. She’s our leader on the floor and is just a steady performer, night in and night out.”
Iven’s talents and versatility make her a tough player to stop on any given night. In fact, Treat says he’s yet to see a weakness from her — both on the court and off.
“She probably could sing the national anthem if she wanted to,” Treat said. “We’ve already got one senior, Callie Atkins, doing it so maybe they could do a duet.
“She’s probably the best player I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching. She’s had nights where she has scored 20 points and you don’t even realize it. She just does a really good job for us.”
When asked whether she will be singing the national anthem any time soon, in typical point guard fashion, Iven dished that responsibility off to Atkins.
“No, I’ll let Callie do all the singing. I don’t think people want me out there singing,” Iven said.
Her career may be coming to an end at Stillwater, but Iven said she still has a couple of things she wants to accomplish before she leaves — one of them being a trip to state.
“Since I was a freshman I’ve wanted to win 50 games as a point guard and make it to state,” Iven said. “I can accomplish both of those if we have a strong finish. There’s a lot of parity in girls basketball in Class 6A, so I do think we have a chance. We just have to come with that intensity.”
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