In what has become as reliable as Donald Trump saying something boneheaded, last night Stephen Curry once again played a lights-out game, scoring 51 points, including an insane half-court bank shot, in a 130-114 Warriors win AT Orlando. Arguably the best player in the game, the 2015 MVP is on track to break his own records and take home the title once again.
Which makes it all the more stupefying that he was once beaten by an 10-year-old in a three-point-shooting contest.
I am only just now hearing about Jaden Newman, now 11 (bad sports blogger, BAD!), who has been racking up her own records and fans nationwide since third grade when she made the varsity girls hoops team at Downey Christian High School in Orlando.
But beating Curry–himself once considered too small–last year was what put her on the map as a serious player and not just a fluke. In a Youtube contest Curry used to prepare for the NBA All-Star Game 3-Point Shooting Contest, he invited civilians to take him on. Jaden beat him 16-15.
True, she shot from the high school three-point line. But she was ten. She even got Curry to sign her permission slip so she could miss school that day.
Since their showdown, she has gone on to score 57 and 59 points and average 30.5 points and 9.2 assists per game.
Her 13-year-old brother Julian is also a superstar–he was the youngest player ever to score 1,000 at his high school. Together the two are affectionately called the “Dribblin’ Siblins'”.
Check out some of Jaden’s moves here. She plans to be the first-ever female player in the NBA. Maybe she’ll be joined by winning Little League World Series pitcher Mo’ne Davis, who also expects basketball to be her go-to sport.
Either way, look out Stephen Curry! Girls rule, and they’re making a fast break into a brighter future.