Time and talent go in to making a 1,000-point scorer – A look at some area players who reached milestone
Scoring 1,000 points in five-player girls’ basketball has been a rarity in the area since Iowa made the change from six-player in the early 1990s.
Christa Clayton is the first player from Estherville to accomplish the feat when she reached the milestone on Tuesday.
Eight Estherville players from the six-player game reached four digits in scoring led by 1978 graduate Kim Howard, who scored 2,686 points.
Other players include Megan Robinson (1990) with 1,790 points, Diane Nauss (1982) with 1,651, Mel Howard (1989) with 1,456, Brenda Bixby (1987) with 1,326, Janice DeMoss (1991) with 1,281, Brenda Arment (1982) with 1,248 and Diana Meyer (1985) with 1,166.
On the boys’ side, Dave Moritz, a 1987 graduate, held the record with 1,098 points until Eric Willey surpassed him in 2001. Willey holds ELC’s other three scoring records with most points in a game, 48; most points in a season, 520; and best season average of 26 points per game. He also holds several free throw records.
Around the area, only three other girls have reached the 1,000-point milestone and two came out of Terril.
Mandy Brant, a 2001 graduate, surpassed the 1,000 point mark in her career for Lakeland.
Also Megan Torkelson, who led Graettinger/Terril to a state title last season, ended her career with 1,533 points.
At Armstrong-Ringsted Jamie Hunecke also surpassed 1,000 points.
The Graettinger boys basketball program also had a handful of players surpassing the mark led by Lucas Hough, a 2002 graduate. His brothers, Todd and Kyle, both scored over 1,500 points while Jason Schnell and Brandon Nicol also surpassed 1,000 points.
At Armstrong-Ringsted, Kurt Fothergill, a 1989 graduate, ended with over 1,400 points.
Obviously, all these players put in the time practicing to score as much as they did. Maybe the next prolific scorer is out shooting baskets right now.