February 06, 2019
By: Erica Rose
I know right now you're looking at the title of this blog and thinking to yourself, why would 1,000 points ever be a curse? Well, I'm going to tell you. But, before I do I don’t mean to take anything away from the athletes who achieve such a milestone. It indeed is something that should be recognized and awarded, but at what cost?
Monday night, I was at Northampton for the girl’s basketball game against Parkland. It was a big game for them having just defeated rival Nazareth 58-57 for first place in the Skyline division. It also made the K-Kids winners of 13 straight overall and 10 in a row in the EPC. But the team I saw didn't play to its ceiling. Senior Jenna Rogers entered the night 4 points shy of 1,000. So what did the kids do? They tried to feed her the ball early and often (as any team would I’m sure) but the thing is – the shots weren't falling. I’m talking about easy layups that rolled around the rim and fell off. The K-Kids were so focused on getting her the ball it was almost as if they forgot they had a game to win. Now, maybe it was just Parkland's excellent game plan. I don’t want to take anything away from the Trojans. They looked impressive! But at the same time, it didn’t seem like Northampton was ever able to get into a rhythm. Rogers opened the game 0-5 in the first quarter and 0-7 in the first half, and the Trojans took full advantage. They opened with a 9-0 run.
On a positive note, Rogers did end up getting the 4 points in the 3rd quarter, which is something she has been working for since she started playing basketball. Entering her high school career, Rogers didn’t play varsity, so to do this in 3 years says a lot about her work ethic and determination. She joins senior Victoria Keenan on the milestone list, and the duo are just the second set of 1,000-point teammates at Northampton.
Back to the game, the Trojans relied on their defense, which held to Kkids to a season low 34 points. And with just one game remaining in the regular season for the Trojans, this win was a great boost of confidence as they prepare for the playoffs on Friday. These two teams are sure to meet again in the post-season, and it will be interesting to see what the third game brings.