By Mark Jurgena
COLLINSVILLE — Jamorie Wysinger broke Collinsville’s single-season 3-point shooting record.
That’s not overly surprising to Kahok fans.
What is surprising is how often Collinsville backers continue to shake their heads at the accuracy and range of the senior guard despite watching him for the last two seasons.
On Feb. 10 he buried a “normal” three from the right wing at the 7:31 mark of the second quarter to give the Kahoks a 17-13 lead over Chatham (Glenwood). It was his record-setting 88th of the season.
It broke the record of Richard Keene in the 1989-90 season. Not only was Keene a 1,000-point scorer and all-stater at CHS he also scored over 1,000 points in college at the University of Illinois.
“It’s an amazing feeling to hold this spot at number one,” began Wysinger. “Richard Keene was a great player, so it’s amazing to beat his record.”
While Wysinger eclipsed the record this season he almost got it last year as well when he knocked down 85 of them. A fact that was lost on a great deal of Kahok nation.
But it wasn’t lost this season as he continually knocks down threes despite extra game planning by Kahok foes.
“It’s not easy to get threes, like tonight they did a nice job, they didn’t give him any looks,” said coach Darin Lee about the Glenwood defense. “He’s drawing a lot of attention, what’s really amazing is his percentage is so high. He’s shooting over 40 percent with the kind of attention he’s drawing from other teams. ”
For his career prior to Tuesday night’s game against Edwardsville he had 175 threes (he had two as a sophomore) for his career to rank him third all-time in Collinsville history right above SIUE’s Ray’Sean Taylor who finished with 165 in his career.
Keene remains the career leader with 265 threes in his time at CHS while Terry Tessary had 229 in his days with the purple and white to occupy second place on Collinsville’s list.
When compared to the entire St. Louis Metro area he entered the week at number one in threes made this season and sixth in average threes per game with 3.03.