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Girls Basketball

Title IX at 50: Evelyn's Game Had Plenty of Magic

By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor

December 14, 2021

The last name “Johnson” was synonymous with Lansing basketball stardom during the late 1970s.

But Earvin wasn’t the only player making magic on area basketball courts.

Two grades younger at Lansing Everett, sister Evelyn Johnson was putting together one of the state’s most memorable high school hoops careers as well – even besting older brother in final career scoring average.

A 5-foot-11 center, Evelyn Johnson scored 1,762 points over a three-year, 59-game varsity career with the Vikings, her 29.9 points per game career average just a few points higher than Magic’s 25.8; Evelyn’s remained the girls basketball state record until 2001. During her senior season of (Fall) 1978, Johnson averaged 36 points per game, with her 804 total over 23 games remaining the sixth-most points in one season in MHSAA history.

According to a Lansing State Journal report on Jan. 1, 1979, Johnson scored 30 or more points in 27 games and 40 or more points seven times during her career. Everett finished 52-7 over those three seasons, including 21-2 her final campaign in making the Class A Semifinals.

Johnson went on to play at South Carolina. Her 1,620 points remain 10th all-time for the Gamecocks.

Second Half's weekly Title IX Celebration posts are sponsored by Michigan Army National Guard.

Previous Title IX at 50 Spotlights

Dec. 7: Council Term Ends, But Leinaar Leaves Lasting Impact - Read
Nov. 30: 
Basketball Season Ready to Add to Rich Tradition - Read
Nov. 23: 
Marysville Builds Winning Streak Yet to be Challenged - Read
Nov. 16: Wroubel Has Championed Girls School Sports from Their Start - Read
Nov. 9: Pioneer's Joyce Legendary in Michigan, National Swim History - Read
Nov. 2: Royal Oak's Finch Leading Way on Football Field - Read
Oct. 26: Coach Clegg Sets Championship Standard at Grand Blanc - Read
Oct. 19: Rockford Girls Set Pace, Hundreds After Have Continued to Chase - Read
Oct. 12: 
Bedford Volleyball Pioneer Continues Blazing Record-Setting Trail - Read
Oct. 5: 
Warner Paved Way to Legend Status with Record Rounds - Read
Sept. 28: Taylor Kennedy Gymnasts Earn Fame as 1st Champions - Read
Sept. 21: 
Portage Northern Star Byington Becomes Play-by-Play Pioneer - Read
Sept. 14: 
Guerra/Groat Legacy Continues to Serve St. Philip Well - Read
Sept. 7: 
Best-Ever Conversation Must Include Leland's Glass - Read
Aug. 31: We Will Celebrate Many Who Paved the Way - Read

(MHSAA file photo.)