Tabeling becomes all-time leading scorer at Trinity


When Bailey Tabeling was younger, she would tell her older sister, Brittany, that her all-time scoring record at Trinity Lutheran High School of 1,593 points would one day belong to the younger sister.

“I’d be like, ‘Hey, just remember when I get to high school, I’m going to be beating your record,’” Bailey said. “Just a little sisterly competition, it was all good.”

Well, two years ago, Sydney Jaynes got there first. Jaynes just was able to surpass Brittany by scoring 1,598 career points at Trinity before going on to play at Butler University.

Heading into this season, Bailey’s final year, she had 1,583 career points — 10 shy of Brittany and 15 short of Jaynes.

On Tuesday night when Trinity opened the season at Brownstown Central, Bailey scored 21 points, proving her younger self right, as the all-time leader in points scored at Trinity now belongs to her at 1,604.

“It’s super nice,” Bailey said. “Obviously, I would’ve rather done it at Trinity with everyone there, but just being able to do it in general is pretty cool.”

Bailey said she was aware she was close to breaking the record after talking about it with her dad, Bob Tabeling, and head coach Mike Lang, and she even admitted she thought she got it by the third quarter of Tuesday’s contest.

Lang, in his 12th season at the helm of Trinity, has been able to coach the last two leading scorers in Jaynes and Bailey.

“I have been fortunate enough to coach the past two all-time leading scorers, and I would consider both of those players generational talent, meaning those type of players don’t come around very often,” Lang said.

“As far as coaching Bailey, we knew from Day 1 she was a special talent,” he said. “Her first couple of years, she was not much of a vocal leader. She let her play do her talking for her. This year, we are seeing her be more of a vocal leader in practice, during film and in the locker room. From that standpoint, seeing her growth as a player and person has been fun to experience. I really look forward to following her the next four years after she graduates, but more importantly, we are going to really enjoy her senior year.”

Being a vocal leader is something Bailey has tried to work on coming into this season.

“Mike and I have talked about it,” she said. “My freshman year, it was Hannah Sabotin, sophomore year, it was Sydney Jaynes and Genesis Munoz and last year, it was Kailene Cockerham. This year, somebody had to step up to the plate, and just with how much I’ve been playing, I have a better way of explaining things to these girls.”

The competitor in Bailey wanted her team to get the win Tuesday night over Brownstown more than her breaking the record.

It’s evident in the way she quickly deflected talking about herself and making it more about the team.

“Definitely not how we wanted the game to go, but it was our first game, so now, we know the things we need to work on as a team,” she said. “It was a good learning experience for the girls.”

Bailey will only continue to add her to record-breaking total as this season goes on.

“It was so nice to get it out of the way already and just go play,” she said.

The all-time leading scorer in Jackson County is Seymour’s Amanda Moore, who scored 1,687 career points. Barring any injuries, the Trinity senior and Ohio University commit will likely claim that record, as well, by the time her career comes to an end.

Since she broke the record on the road, Trinity plans to honor Bailey before the team’s home opener Saturday against Crothersville. The game between the Tigers and Cougars will be varsity-only at 6:30 p.m.

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