LITCHFIELD – It was a big night for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted girls basketball team in more ways than one. For senior Alexa Schumann, it meant hitting the 1,000 career points milestone. For junior Mariah Anderson, it was hitting the game-winning shot in a thrilling 53-52 victory over Litchfield on the road Tuesday night.
It was a big moment for Anderson, who had her struggles early on. Despite that, with just 1.8 seconds left on the clock, Anderson drilled the game-winner for the Lakers for her only three points of the game.
“Mariah has put together some really good practices lately, and has had some good stretches in games,” HLWW coach Ryan Petersen said. “She missed a few early in the game, but she knows her role and knew that if she kept shooting. her shots would start to fall. One just happened to fall at a pretty convenient time. Credit to her for keeping her head up and still looking to score, even after her early misses.”
The Lakers wouldn’t have been in the game with a chance to win it late if it wasn’t for the play of Schumann. The senior forward had another big night with 23 points, including scoring her 1,000th career point.
“Reaching this milestone means more than just scoring to me,” Schumann said. “It’s all about the hard work and hours put in the gym, the coaches who never let me give up and ultimately never gave up on me, and my teammates that always pushed me to do my best. Reaching this milestone would have never happened if I didn’t have the support that I do from my friends, family, coaches, and teammates.”
Schumann stepped to the free-throw line just minutes into the second half. After draining the first free throw, Schumann calmly knocked down the second one as well, putting her at exactly 1,000 career points.
“Scoring my 1,000th point was always a dream of mine and a goal that I’ve always wanted,” Schumann said. “Ever since I was a kid. I have strived for this goal, and finally getting it was more like a dream come true. The hard work has paid off, but now it is time to be the best team player I can be and keep playing the game I love with the team that I love.”
While reaching 1,000 career points was a dream come true for Schumann, it also came as a relief.
“Overall, it is more like a stress relief to reach that milestone,” she said. “After I scored my 1,000th point, it immediately felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. So many years of playing and practicing, and my dream finally came true.”
Since her freshman season, Schumann has improved each and every year for HLWW. She’s developed into a legit threat inside on both ends of the floor, according to her coach.
“It has been fun to see her growth on the floor and as a teammate over the past three seasons,” Petersen said. “She is a great kid who is eager to learn each day, even at this stage of her career, and I think that shows in the success that she has had on the court.”