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Good things come to those that wait,Posted Friday, February 6, 2009, at 1:30 PM
SWITZ CITY -- White River Valley girls basketball coach Joe Pigg congratulates and presents senior Kelsey Anderson with a basketball for recently joining the 1,000 point club in her career. (By Travis David/Greene County Daily World).
It is usually the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice.
For White River Valley senior Kelsey Anderson, her journey took a little longer.
It was a couple of weeks ago when WRV girls basketball coach Joe Pigg thought that junior Stephanie Fougerousse and Anderson had both eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau and informed the duo of such.
Anderson, who has scored 316 points as the Class A No. 4 Wolverines started the season 15-3, said she thought it was premature and when Pigg checked, the sharp-shooting guard was right.
After scoring 23 points in a triple overtime loss at North Knox Jan. 22, it turned out that she was four points short of the mark.
"I just knew I hadn't scored 1,000 points yet," said Anderson. "Something told me that I hadn't gotten there yet."
She expected to have a chance to break the mark when the Lady Wolverines were scheduled to play Owen Valley early last week. But the snow and ice caused the game to be postponed until Saturday, Feb. 7.
Anderson, who averages 17.5 points per game, made sure their was no mistaking her accomplishment Jan. 31. In a game to maintain the Greene County Keg and repeat as undefeated champions of the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference, she hit her first two shots -- both 3-pointers -- in the first quarter to reach the milestone.
She made 5 of 7 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, helping the Lady Wolverines top the Lady Miners of Linton-Stockton 64-33. Her performance was part of a 7-for-13 effort from beyond the arc as WRV outscored Linton-Stockton 21-0 from distance.
"Kelsey needed just four points for 1,000 and she acted like she really wanted to get it over with as soon as possible," said WRV coach Joe Pigg. "She really played with a lot of energy.
"She has worked so hard on her game. She is very deserving of this accomplishment."
Anderson, who leads the team in 3-pointers, said it meant even more to maintain possession of the keg and win the SWIAC.
"Keeping the keg and winning the conference were the our first two goals this season," said Anderson, who is a 75 percent free throw shooter. "We have one game left and now we can start focusing on winning another sectional.
"I am glad to finally get to 1,000 points and put this behind us. It is something I have thought about, but know that the success of the team is the ultimate goal. I think this will be something that I will appreciated after my playing days are over."
Anderson has 1,018 career points going into Thursday's make-up with Washington Catholic. This places her third on the all-time list at WRV behind Fougerousse, who now has over 1,100 points and Rachel Beach, who scored 1,050 points in her career that spanned 1997-98 to 2000-01 and culminated at the Class A state championship game as a senior.
I have not forgotten about Worthington's Kristal Stahl, an Indiana All-Star in 1988. I am unsure about her career totals, but my guess is she is still the leader in the clubhouse at this point for girls that played at any of the former schools that consolidated into WRV.
With a make-up game Saturday at Owen Valley as well, plus the sectional, Anderson, who was honored before the Washington Catholic game tonight and presented with a basketball commemorating her achievements, will easily finish as the second-best scorer in the history of the White River Valley girls basketball program.
No matter how long it took, it was worth the wait.
B.J. Hargis is sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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