Jamestown's Campion Scoring Big Before She Can Drive
Jamestown's Annie Campion has a chance to put her name at the top of a lot of Red Raider record books in her fourth year of varsity basketball, and she's only a sophomore.
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Jamestown's Annie Campion isn't your typical 16-year-old.
"I grew up in the gym, working my butt off every day in the gym and this is where it has brought me," said Campion.
Campion earned varsity playing time in 7th and 8th grade, while averaging just under 10 points per game. As a starting freshman, that number grew to 17 which earned Annie 2nd team all-ECIC honors. Now, the sophomore has helped lead the Red Raiders to a perfect 7-0 league record.
"Shooting has always been my thing it is what I am comfortable at, it is just repetition form shooting and moving back and getting comfortable," added CampION.
That comfort has put Campion at the forefront of a basketball family. Annie is the younger sister of 2011 All-WNY Guard Joey and Tommy, the Red Raiders current starting point guard.
"She is unbelievable, for a girl that age to have the skills she has and she really loves the game. She works hard and she is going to be really good," said Tommy Campion.
Her teammates are also impressed by her skills at such a young age.
"She has come so far it is absolutely unbelievable. Watching her as a little 7th grader and I was on JV when she first played varsity, she has come so far it is absolutely amazing," said Campion's teammate Olivia Nugent.
Campion says she wants to win league and sectional titles with the Red Raiders and along the way knock down some career milestones. She is on pace to break 1,000 points this year. She is currently 2nd in career threes made at Jamestown and hopes to see her name retired in the McElrath gym rafters.
"She is on the list with the girls on the wall, Nikki Frederickson and Erinne Cunningham. They are special because they are willing to put in the time," said Ken Ricker, Campion's AAU Coach.
Campion takes her next shot at all her goals when the Red Raiders return to the court Monday at West Seneca West.