Although the Bettendorf girls basketball team fell to the Lancers on Jan. 30, one event outshone the rest.
During the second half, University of Missouri-Kansas City commit, Emily Ivory, sank a three-pointer, giving her a career point total of over 1,000 points, making an extraordinary sight for fans and teammates.
“It felt really good, and it’s a really big accomplishment. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, and I’m grateful for them,” Ivory said.
After Ivory hit the three-pointer, fans rose to their feet and waved around a paper that said “1000” on it. The atmosphere in the gym was electrifying, and one that would be hard to forget.
“My team made me a canvas that had 1,000 points on it, and when everybody held up the papers, it was really cool because I didn’t know that they were going to do that,” Ivory said.
The girls basketball head coach, Brian Tritt, voiced his approval of Ivory’s achievement.
“Getting to 1,000 points in a high school basketball career is an amazing accomplishment. Very few athletes are able to accomplish this feat. Emily has put in a lot of time working on her game. Her story is evidence that consistent, hard work pays off,” Tritt said.
Along with getting to 1,000 points, Ivory also played her last basketball game at home.
“It was bittersweet. After they did the announcements with the lights and the starters, I looked at Grace and said this is the last time this is going to happen. It was sad but also a good feeling,” Ivory said.
With only three regular season conference games left, Ivory hopes to “finish strong and hopefully make a good playoff run.”