To score 1,000 points as a high school basketball player is no easy feat. But if you get there, it’s a moment you never forget.
“We ran our play and I came off of one of Emily Saunders’ picks,” senior guard Jazz Blankenship said. “I caught the ball and shot it. I had no idea it was that time.”
“We’ll actually, when I got the ball, I thought I was hitting a buzzer-beater,” senior center Emily Saunders. “I think I was more excited about a buzzer-beater than 1,000 points.”
To have a single member of a team reach the milestone is impressive. To have two is almost unheard of. But, that’s what Wyoming East has in Jazz Blankenship and Emily Saunders. The seniors are, without a doubt prolific scorers, but scoring isn’t the only thing they bring to the table.
“She’s a good all-around player. She’s just tough.”
“She’s a great player, honestly. But, it’s her personality.”
“She’s a very good passer.”
“You know, you watch her in warm-ups. She’s out there dancing and she’s what gets us going.”
And to think they are just a small part of a team that has only a pair of losses on the year. For all of their personal accomplishments, their main goal is to return to a place they’ve been before.
“But when we come up, hopefully, to stay this year, we can make a good run,” Saunders said. “Hopefully the last game will be the state championship.”
“We’re just taking it one game at a time, trying to get through everybody,” Blankenship added. “But, we’re hoping we play on that last Saturday and hopefully come home with that trophy.”