Boys basketball: Columbia River 78, Evergreen 58

By Paul Valencia, Columbian high school sports reporter

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Isaiah Smith figured he would break the record early this season.

He had no idea it would come so soon.

He never considered he would get two records Monday night at Columbia River High School.

Smith scored 42 points to become Columbia River's all-time leading scorer as the Chieftains opened the 2012-13 campaign with a 78-58 victory over Evergreen.

The 42 points also add up to a new single-game mark for the 50-year-old school.

"I had a good idea I was getting close from the poster," Smith said, referring to the sign in the stands that was updated with his career point total throughout the game. "But I never dreamed I would achieve this tonight. A great night."

Smith now has 1,130 points. Chad Sheron, class of 1992, had held the mark with 1,128 points. Sheron also had the former single-game mark of 38 points.

"I didn't even know what that was until I heard it," Smith said. "Once they announced it, it was a good feeling."

Needing 41 points to pass Sheron, Smith said he figured it would happen in the second game of the season. Once he got close, coach David Long wanted Smith to get it done Monday. So did Smith.

"It feels good to get the whole thing done with," Smith said. "Now that it's done, we can focus more on the team and wins."

Long said he cannot envision anyone topping Smith.

"You break the record and you have an entire season left. I don't know who's going to come through the school and beat it," Long said. "This was really special."

Smith scored 13 points in the first quarter, eight in the second, 12 in the third, then nine in the fourth.

Stuck at 39 for a couple of minutes, the Chieftains went a couple possessions without Smith touching the ball. Then, inside two minutes left, he got the ball down low, tried to get contact, and took a tough shot. He missed and no foul was called.

"It was pretty nerve-racking," Smith said. "I was one bucket off the record. But the next possession, I got the 'And-1.' "

His shot and free throw for the three-point play ended his night. He came out of the game to a huge roar from the home crowd.

"Probably the most exciting game I've played. Gotta give credit to my teammates," Smith said. "They played great."

COLUMBIA RIVER 78, EVERGREEN 58

EVERGREEN -- Jalen Ballard 15, Andre Johnson 4, Ajay Jenkins 16, Robert Franks 5, Andrew Morris 0, Trent Foster 2, Connor Finnegan 2, David Shirts 4, Nate Teagarden 8, Chris Chamberlain 2. Totals 22 (1) 13-22 58.

COLUMBIA RIVER -- Eli Evenson 0, Devin Bolds 12, Bryan Wyche 0, Terelle Bolton 0, Nathan Hawthorne 5, Lance Voorhees 0, Torey Jones 0, Rian Bassett 12, Cody Wolfe 0, Chandler Holt 3, Clark Bryant 4, Justin Gwinn 0, Dallin Scheidel 0, Isaiah Smith 42. Totals 29 (7) 13-19 78.

Evergreen 17 17 10 14--58

Columbia River 13 18 25 22--78