Lady Rangers' Roberson hits milestone for career scoring

By Tim Chambers
Star Correspondent

   Remember the movie Walking Tall? The story was about a Tennessee icon who stood out for the great job that he accomplished in his line of work.
   The same could be said for Unaka Lady Ranger Julie Roberson. At 6-2, the 16-year-old junior is walking tall on the basketball court for the maroon and white.
   Monday, in the first round of the Region 1-A tournament, Roberson eclipsed the 1,000 point total to reach a career milestone that few have accomplished. It's ironic that the shot that sent Julie over the mark was a three-pointer, her first in a varsity game.
   "I have tried to improve my game in the post this season," said Roberson. "Coach Chambers has worked with me on pump faking along with several shooting drills. I sneak a three in sometimes during practice, but my game is definitely in
   Julie has been a vital cog for the Lady Rangers the past three seasons. Earning the starting center position as a freshman, she has been named to the Watauga Valley all-conference team in each of her three seasons.
   She was also chosen to the all-district team her freshman and junior seasons. Julie spends extra time in the gym during the week to improve on her game.
   "Charles Lee Guinn (Julie's boyfriend) works with me a lot," Roberson said. "We sometimes shoot at the gym in Watauga and he really pushes me to improve my game."
   Julie totaled 296 points as a freshman, 348 as a sophomore and currently stands at 358 as a junior, giving her 1,002 for her career.
   "My goal is for our team to advance to the state tournament and win some games," she said. "We want to be the first Unaka girls team to go to the state."
   Julie says her sister and former Ranger player Mandy has been a big inspiration to her.
   "She has such a passion for the game, it inspired me to do my best," said Julie.
   Julie is the daughter of Jim and Beverly Roberson of Elizabethton. She has an older sister, Elizabeth, in addition to Mandy. Both are former Lady Rangers and attend Northeast State.
   Julie attends Greenwood Union Church in Jonesborough and is active in its youth program. She is also a standout for Coach Ronnie Hicks and the Lady Ranger softball team.
   Julie plans on attending college after her senior season, but is undecided as to what her plans will be.
   "I just want to enjoy the rest of my high school career and be a good role model," Roberson said. "I want to do my best for my coach and teammates. They are truly the best."