The game was well in hand for Estherville Lincoln Central when senior Allie Sievert scored her 1,000th career point for the Midgets.
The moment came in the third quarter with ELC lead 45-8. Sievert grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the basket for points 998 and 999.
She was fouled on the play and headed to the free throw line for the three-point play.
Esthervile Lincoln Central’s Allie Sievert scores points 998 and 999 in her high school career on this shot among several Cherokee defenders on Friday. The 1,000th point came on the ensuing free throw as she was fouled on the shot.
EDN photo by David Swartz
The ball swished through the net, as she became just the second player in the school's five-player basketball history to reach the milestone.
ELC coach Tony Klein immediately called a timeout so the Midgets could honor Sievert for the moment.
ELC Athletic Director Brad Leonard, who coached Sievert the past three years, made the following announcement:
"We would like to take a moment to congratulate Allie Sievert for scoring her 1,000th career point. She is the second 5-on-5 player in ELC history to accomplish this feat. Allie scored 228 points as a freshman, 287 as a sophomor3, 368 as a junior. She has scored 117 this year and we hope she will score many more."
Christa Clayton, a 2008 graduate, was the first to reach the mark.
"It's pretty exciting," said Sievert after the game. "I'm glad it happened so we could finally get it over."
Sievert said there were plenty of congratulations from her teammates afterwards.
The game featured less drama.
Cherokee employed a 1-3-1-zone defense, but kept losing track of Emily Kirchner as she had 10 points in the first building as ELC built an 18-5 lead.
Sievert, who had just two points in the first period, went to work in the second quarter scoring 11 points in the period. Kirchner had eight more herself as ELC took a 41-7 lead at the break.
ELC led 57-10 after three quarters. Sievert scored the Midgets' final four points of the game early in the fourth quarter and is at 1,005 career points currently.
ELC (7-1 overall, 4-0 in the Lakes Conference) has a week off before hosting Spirit Lake on Friday, Dec. 21. The Midgets are ranked third in Class 3A while the Indians are ranked fourth. Spirit Lake is 5-2 after losing to Class 2A No. 1 Western Christian 57-35 on Friday.