Nevada Daily Mail
The Hume Lady Hornets basketball team has seen yet another of its players achieve one of the most difficult milestones to attain for a high school player for the second time in as many seasons.
Emily Brooks joins All-District and All-Conference selection and 2012 graduate Makena Thompson in the 1,000-point club. According to Lady Hornets head coach Delanya Thompson, Brooks is at least the fifth player in program history to achieve the feat.
Brooks has been playing basketball as long as she can remember with her older siblings, but started playing for her school when she was in fourth grade. Thompson has been her coach throughout that entire period of time and said that she has made significant improvements in a number of areas over Brooks' career.
Thompson said Brooks has always had plenty of energy and has always been "very quick," as well as being a good ball handler, but she has recently come into her own and developed into a solid leader as well as a good passer and shooter. "It's always nice to see them mature and grow every year and work hard at getting where they always wanted to be," Thompson said.
Brooks and her teammates had the fact that she would likely reach the 1,000-point plateau in the back of their minds since last year when it really started to get closer, but that was never really the main focus for anyone.
"I knew I'd make it this year," Brooks said. "I just wanted to win. I mean, it motivated me to do better, but I'd rather win than be a ball hog and shoot."
Brooks said she never felt any sort of added pressure from her teammates, her coach, or even herself, but everyone -- especially Thompson -- knew it was a goal that would be fairly easy for Brooks to reach. Thompson said she tried to keep that sort of pressure off the table, but knew long before Brooks ever gave it much thought that she could reach that milestone mark.
"I knew from the time she was a freshman that that was something that would not be that difficult to attain," Thompson said. "I put more pressure on her leadership and ball handling and passing than I do her scoring just because a lot of the buckets we get are because of her ball handling and her ability to find the open man."
That pressure on Brooks' leadership and ball handling skills, as well as ball sharing, has paid off in a big way. It has not only allowed Brooks to eclipse the 1,000-point mark just two games into her senior season, but has given the Lady Hornets a significant advantage that they have used to near-perfection up to this point in the season.
Brooks and Thompson both said that Brooks' teammates were all very happy for her and couldn't have been more supportive when she broke the 1,000-point barrier with her 26-point performance against Ballard on Nov. 27. Both Brooks and Thompson said that everyone on the Lady Hornets' roster has always cared more about them performance of the team than their own individual accomplishments, but there is little doubt that the accomplishment will still be a significant source of pride for everyone involved, especially since it just so happened that Brooks was able to reach that milestone on the Lady Hornets' home court.
After the night in which she eclipsed 1,000 points in her illustrious career, the Lady Hornets went back out on the road and Brooks was able to add even more to her career scoring total with six points in a 41-32 win over Sheldon on Nov. 30. In that contest, the Lady Hornets dropped Sheldon to 0-2 on the year when they worked their way to a 19-13 halftime lead and never looked back on the way to their third win in as many games this season.
That brought Brooks' career point total to 1,032 and she got another chance to add even more to her staggering career total on Tuesday, when the Lady Hornets took to the road to square off against Appleton City. Those results were not available at press time Wednesday.
Next on the schedule for the Lady Hornets is tomorrow, when they return home to take on Montrose.