March 1, 2011
Sarah Imovbioh was 14 and living in Nigeria when she stepped onto a basketball court for the first time. She wasn't quite sure what to expect.
"All I knew was that I could jump really high," says Imovbioh. "My coach saw my hands, I had big hands, and he was like, 'you're gonna be pretty good.'"
Her coach may have undersold her. Since coming to America and joining the STAB girls' basketball team just three years ago, Imovbioh has become arguably the most dominant player in Virginia.
Just look at her numbers. She has 72 straight double-doubles (a double-double in every game she's ever played). She averages 29 points and 22 rebounds per game. She's been named a FILA All-American, LIS player of the year and first team all-state. Additionally, Imovbioh is re-writing the record books at STAB. She's STAB's career leader in rebounds, blocked shots and field goal percentage.
But despite all of her records and individual accolades, one thing Imovbioh does not have is a state championship. And she doesn't plan on leaving STAB without one.
"I'm really looking forward to the state championship," says Imovbioh. "It was taken from me last year and I don't want that to repeat this year. So it's mine this year."
Imovbioh and the Saints will begin their quest for a state championship Wednesday when they host Denbigh Baptist in a VISAA quarterfinal game.