With 32.1 seconds remaining, Chloe Jeffers calmly stepped to the foul line, took a deep breath and knocked down a free throw to score her 1,000th career point with the Delaware Hayes girls basketball team.
Jeffers scored 22 of her game-best 26 points in the second half and added 13 rebounds and three steals to lead the Pacers to a 52-25 win over Worthington Kilbourne in OCC-Capital Division play Jan. 28.
“I was visualizing; I was breathing. (I was thinking) ‘you do this all the time, every day,’ ” Jeffers said. “You pretend like nobody is in the gym. I knew I could do it.”
She was 8-for-8 at the line and hit six of those down the stretch to reach the milestone.
“I’ve never had a player, boy or girl, who is more fundamentally sound (or) who has the basketball IQ that she has,” Delaware coach Lou Tiberi said. “She has all the tools in her kit and she’s going to find a way.
“In the first half, (Kilbourne) obviously made it very difficult for her to score. So, she set up her teammates. Then, she got on a little bit of a roll. She’s going to find a way to give us the best chance to win a basketball game.”
Jeffers became the sixth player in program history to reach the milestone, joining former teammate Alexis Amabile (1,154 points), a 2021 graduate. Prior to Amabile, Ashleigh Brown was the last Pacers player to reach 1,000 points. She left Delaware as its all-time leading scorer with 1,272 points when she graduated in 2006.
Briana Banks (1,237 points, 1990), Carrie Banks (1,051 points, 1996) and Andy Brown (1,022 points, 1985) also reached the milestone.
“It’s a major relief,” Jeffers said. “I’ve worked ever since I was a little girl to accomplish this. It’s been a goal of mine for so long and for it to actually happen is a dream come true. It’s a really special feeling.”
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