Cloe Lane joined a short – and impressive – list of Blue Springs South High School basketball players Monday night when she became just the fourth player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points.
The senior forward needed 17 points to reach the 1,000 milestone and she did it in typical Lane fashion - hitting a layup in the closing seconds of the third period in South's 64-50 Suburban Big Six victory over the visiting Raymore-Peculiar Panthers.
Lane's teammate Remy Davenport, who scored 20 points Monday night, reached the 1,000-point plateau earlier this season. The other players on the list are all-time school scoring leader Nikki Knapp and Amanda Hanneman.
“I've never had two 1,000-point players on the same team,” said veteran South coach Brad Oyler, whose team ended a three-game losing streak to improve to 15-7 overall and 4-3 in conference action. “Let's see, Cloe has scored 19 or more points in four of her last five games going into tonight and she leads us with 23 tonight.
“We have the big two scorers in Cloe and Remy, and when someone else scores it takes off some of the pressure from those two players – and Tiffany (Davenport, Remy's younger sister) had 11 tonight – and that helps.
“It's just good to win, and we're all happy for Cloe.”
The Jaguars ran out to a 12-0 lead in the first period as the Panthers did not score until Suzie Lottie hit a layup at 4:59. From that point on, the Jaguars were able to maintain that double-digit lead and finish with the 14-point victory.
“I'm happy for Cloe,” said Remy Davenport, who hit her 1,000th career point in her first – and only – victory over the Wildcats earlier this season at Blue Springs. “I know there aren't many players from South who have 1,000 career points. She's worked hard to score that many points.”
Davenport scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half and hit four 3-pointers to open up the inside for Lane, who dominated in the paint.
Lane scored 10 points in the first half, seven in the third period – including No. 1,000 – and six in the fourth quarter to finish with a game-high 23.
“My family and friends were here so it was nice to do it at home,” said Lane, who was photographed by family members after the big game. “It's nice to get 1,000 points, but what's really nice is to win and end our losing streak.
“We felt like we would beat Ray-Pec tonight and we got off to the good start and had the big lead, but they weren't going to give up. They played us hard, and we had to play well for four quarters to get the win.”
Lane said she knew she needed 17 tonight to reach 1,000, but she wasn't sure which basket resulted in No. 1,000 until, “I heard some extra cheering. My mom had been keeping me updated on how many points I needed.
Page 2 of 2 - “I was glad to get it tonight, but I knew if I didn't get it tonight there were other games.”
Tiffany Davenport finished with 11 points. Meghan Maher led the Panthers with 17 points.