Abbey Kearney scores her career 1,000th point

Abbey KearneyAbbey Kearney is shown in action against Kansas City Christian Dec. 17. The following Tuesday night, she scored two free throws to reach the 1,000-point career mark and then dropped the winning basket. Photos by Bradley Roudybush

by Clarke Davis

The last ball game before Christmas break was a special one for senior Abbey Kearney who scored her career 1,000th point.

Abbey KearneyAnd it was an important point. The Valley Falls girls were up against Onaga and hadn’t led the entire game until Kearney went to the free throw line with just over a minute left in the game.

She shot two. Her first shot made it her 999th point. Her second shot tied the game.

Coach Todd Gish said her achievement was announced at this point and the crowd came alive.

Onaga had the ball as the clock wound down and Abbey stole the ball for a lay up and the winning basket.

The Dragons won, 41-39, and left for Christmas break with a 4-1 season record.

“We’re having a nice season,” Gish said. “The girls are really catching on. They are buying into all the little things that add up to become the important stuff.”

Gish was running a tally on Kearney’s scoring and keeping it a secret. He didn’t want her playing under the pressure, but he thinks it leaked out a week ago. She was expected to reach the milestone against Kansas City Christian the previous week but didn’t score many that game.

The evening ended with a presentation of a basketball with her name, number, and 1000 points scored. A second ball will be placed in the trophy case.

“It’s a nice way to start the Christmas break,” Gish said.

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