There are many different milestones in the life of a high school basketball player but nearly none are as prestigious as reaching one’s 1,000th career point.
That is precisely what Paris High School’s Sarah Isaf and Shiloh’s Kiersten Price-Wilson, who is a Tri-County Lady Titan, have managed to achieve.
Isaf, who is in her junior season with the Paris high school girls basketball team, eclipsed the mark in a season that has been nearly perfect (12-2). Isaf has been a leader on and off the court for the Lady Tigers.
“It meant a lot to me to be able to break 1,000 points,” Isaf said. “It was a special moment for me and really fun to experience with my teammates.”
According to Isaf, the moment could not have come without the help of her teammates and coaches.
“They are the reason that I was able to get to this point,” Isaf said “I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Isaf recently suffered a devastating knee injury in a win against Marshall on Dec. 3. The injury ended her season and she underwent knee surgery this past week.
Despite the setback, Isaf is sporting high hopes for next year — alongside a pair of crutches decorated in tinsel and Christmas lights.
“I’m very excited for next year,” Isaf said “I just want to be back on the court with my friends.”
Kiersten Price-Wilson, a senior on the Tri-County girls basketball team, also recently scored her 1,000th point.
The 1,000 point-mark has been a goal for Price-Wilson since her freshman season. Now — four years later — she has made that dream into a reality.
“I have worked so hard to be the basketball player that I am today,” Price-Wilson said “It means so much.”
The senior has been a key to the Tri-County girls basketball team’s 12-0 start to the 2018-19 season.
But Price-Wilson doesn’t believe she would have been able to make it where she is today without the help of her friends, family, teammates and coaches.
“They have all pushed me to be the player that I am today and to work harder every single day.” Price-Wilson said.
Price-Wilson completed another milestone often sought after by high school athletes this week.
She signed to play basketball at the collegiate level. She will play for Parkland College in Champaign where she will study Criminal Justice.
“It feels great to have committed, and I know I wouldn’t be here without so many of the people in my life,” Price-Wilson said. “I am confident in where I am going and am excited for the opportunity.”