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Troy’s Athena Samson inks name in record book with 28-rebound night in loss to North Farmington

By: , January 7, 2020, 1:03 pm

All too often, the credit in basketball goes to the scorers — or sometimes to the passers who set up the scorers — and not to those who do the dirty work in the paint, under the basket.

It’s hard not to notice when one of those grinders has a monster game, like Troy’s Athena Samson did in the Colts’ 47-40 loss to North Farmington Monday night.

The unsigned 6-foot-2 senior added another double-double to her running career tally with 17 points, along with a mind-boggling 28 rebounds. 

She had 10 boards in the first half, and 18 (11 of them on the defensive end) in the second half. The 28 rebounds ranks as the 18th-highest in state history, according to the MHSAA record book, tying Samson with Howell’s Erin Honkala (Dec. 5, 2014), Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest’s Jenny Schmidt (Sept. 17, 1996) and Troy Athens’ Sinclair Russell (Feb. 26, 2010).

The state record for single-game rebounds is 40, set by Ionia’s Mary Fox against Belding on Nov. 27, 1979.

A Division 1 all-state honorable mention by the Associated Press last season, Samson is a two-time all-OAA player. You can find her Hudl page by CLICKING HERE.