Faith Christian’s Audrey Harris making big waves at small school

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Audrey Harris, a 5-foot-8 guard at Faith Christian High School (Yuba City, Calif.), had one big goal entering this season: to break the school record for points scored in a single game, set at 51 by a player on the men’s team.

On Nov. 22, in the Lions’ season opener, Harris did just that, scoring 54 points in an 81-13 victory over Futures (Sacramento, Calif.). While a milestone on its own, at that point in the season, the junior was just getting started.

Twenty-five games into the 2021-22 campaign, Harris is averaging 45.5 points per game, the most in the nation per MaxPreps. She recently wrapped up another successful stretch, highlighted by a 47-point, 23-rebound performance in the team’s 78-5 win over Sacramento Country Day (Sacramento, Calif.) last Tuesday, earning her JWS Player of the Week honors. (Last week, Homestead’s Ayanna Patterson got the nod.)

“I didn’t anticipate a season like this,” said Geoffrey Harris, her father and Faith Christian’s head coach. “When she scored 54 points, I thought, ‘OK, good. You got your career high. Now, let’s get on with the season.’

“She wasn’t finished.”

Harris’ eye-popping numbers are, in part, a product of the Lions’ personnel. The team has just seven rostered players — roughly a third of the school’s enrolled girls — and, since the junior can score from anywhere on the court, she’s taking about 70 percent of Faith Christian’s shots, her father said.

That level of production is also a testament to Harris’ ability. She’s often double- or -triple teamed, but is comfortable enough shooting from several feet behind the perimeter that she baffles defenses anyway. Harris can create off the pick-and-roll, and if she has the size advantage, she can leverage her post moves into easy points. On Feb. 3, she scored a career-high 65 points in a 108-72 loss to Valley Christian (Roseville, Calif.).

The Lions fell to Sacramento Adventist (Carmichael, Calif.) 71-62 on Monday, but not because of Harris’ lack of effort: She scored 53 points, or 85 percent of the team’s total output. The team now turns its attention toward the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason, where Harris will look to continue to burnish her resume. Despite her big numbers, her father said college coaches have yet to show much interest.

“I imagine being at a small school has something to do with that,” Geoffrey Harris said.

With more 50-point outbursts like the ones she’s had this season, it will be hard for anyone not to notice.

Josh Needelman is the High School Sports Editor at Just Women’s Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JoshNeedelman.