Want a fitting, storybook way to reach the 1,000-point plateau?
Newton South senior guards Sophie Bikofsky and Kendall Burton, best friends since age 11, both needed 11 points to reach the mark headed into the No. 3 Lions' matchup tonight with Concord-Carlisle, a game they won easily (84-33) to improve to 13-0.
At 7:19 of the second quarter, the sharp-shooting Bikofsky reached her milestone with a three-pointer from the top of the key, off a kick-out, prompting a stop in play and delivery of a signed game ball and flowers. Twenty-seven seconds later, the Villanova-bound Burton got hers on a shot she's known for, a running jumper off an inbounds pass, and the game stopped again for the same ball and flowers.
The assist on both those shots? Senior point guard Chloe Rothman, the unsung hero, who finished up with 15 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
"We couldn’t have done this without Chloe," Burton said. "We needed a great point guard to accomplish this goal, and it just goes to show how amazing she is at seeing the floor, distributing and getting an open shot for us. Most of props have to go to Chloe Rothman."
Said Bikofsky, who will play at Brown next year, "That’s pretty amazing. It just speaks really highly of her. To have two 1,000-point scorers on a team, you couldn't do it without her. This represents what an amazing point guard she really is."
It would be tough to script this one any better. Towards the end of the first quarter, up 22-3 and with both players in striking distance of 1,000 (Burton needed two, Bikofsky needed three), the two passed the ball back and forth to each other twice, before Bikofsky skipped it to Rothman, who promptly nailed a three-pointer for a 25-3 lead.
"That was very nice to see, I just hope they don’t do something like this when it matters," Lions head coach Sam Doner cracked. But seriously, "At the same time, the love these two kids have, it's rare, very rare. I couldn’t be any happier than just being part of it. It's not me, it’s the kids. Guess what, you surround yourself good kids, you're a good coach."
Bikofsky finished the night with 16 points and six rebounds, putting her at 1,006 points for her career while Burton finished with 12 and five, and is now at 1,002 points.