|Q: Basketball star Lakin Preisner is a junior at Northern Heights High School in Allen, Kan. (near Emporia). On Friday the 13th of this month...she finally missed a free throw. But it didn't really matter. Her Wildcats won the game and she still holds state and national records for making the most consecutive free throws. How many did she make before finally missing one in a game?|
A: 120 (That's right, Lakin Preisner made 120 free throws in a row before finally missing a shot!)
Northern Heights junior Lakin Preisner finally missed a free throw. It happened on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in a game against Herington. Not that it mattered much. Northern Heights still won the game, 52-to-35. And Lakin Preisner's state and national free-throwing records remain intact - by a long shot, so to speak. This young woman from Americus has shattered both state and national records by making 120 consecutive free throws in basketball games. That's just insane. Moreover, at least one school official told KPR News that Lakin Preisner is quite humble about her accomplishments and “not at all big-headed.”
According to the Emporia Gazette, Preisner's streak of 120 straight made free throws not only shatters the Kansas girls high school basketball record of 35, it gives Preisner the all-time national record for girls. Her run outscored the previous mark by 50 points! Again, that's just insane. Northern Heights High School and her tiny hometown of Americus must surely be proud.
Fun Factoid: Preisner reportedly goes through the same routine before each shot. She spins the ball in her hand once, dribbles it four times and then tells herself, “You can do this.” Clearly, that routine seems to be working.
Special thanks to Cheryl Unruh for tipping us off to this information, which she found in the Emporia Gazette. Here, check out the Gazette's article, which is really good.