Cuyahoga Heights senior Tess Conroy and West Geauga senior Alexa Hocevar both joined the 1,000-point club on Wednesday.
Conroy hit the mark with a third-quarter and-one in the Red Wolves’ 44-40 loss to visiting Brooklyn.
“When I got the ball in the post, I knew I was going to take it hard to the hoop,” she said. “I saw the double coming so I stepped through and put the ball up, it rolled around and went in, then I heard the ref blow the whistle. At that moment, I knew I had to step up to the line confidently and knock it down.”
Conroy reaching the 1,000-point milestone was in question after being diagnosed with diabetes as a junior, but she didn’t let that slow her down.
“It means everything to me to hit this milestone,” she said. “I have worked really hard and made a lot of sacrifices over my career and after being diagnosed with type-1 diabetes mid-season last year. I’m finally healthy and to see the hard work paying off is the best feeling in the world. To be on that list is truly an honor.”
Hocevar also used an and-one to reach the 1,000-point mark and to help the Wolverines beat Orange, 65-51.
“It was a three-point play where I caught a rebound and drop-stepped baseline and got an and-one, which put me at my 1,001st point,” Hocevar said. “It was a great experience, and it meant a lot when I was able to do it on my home floor and with my team.”
Hocevar is just the second Wolverine in school history to reach 1,000 points. Ashley Bohinc was the first West Geauga player to hit the mark back in 2002.
“It means a lot,” she said. “It’s a great accomplishment and I’m glad I got to share it with my team. I’ve had a lot of great teammates throughout the years to help me accomplish this goal and a great coaching staff, especially Coach Brandon (Stewart).”