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Middlekauff hits 1,000, Rebels win

December 23, 1999|By BOB PARASILITI

New Year's Eve was still a week away, but South Hagerstown was ready to party on Wednesday.

There were balloons, signs and plenty of cheering as the Rebels girls basketball team provided a countdown and waited for the ball to hit bottom ... bottom of the net, that is.

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At 4 minutes, 26 seconds remaining in the first half, the clock stopped. The game was halted in its tracks. It wasn't a case of Y2K striking. It was a celebration of P1K as Emily Middlekauff scored the 1,000th point of her South career in the middle of a 13-2 run that led the Rebels to a 54-45 victory over the Warriors in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

Middlekauff scored 14 of Rebels' first 23 points to become the third girl in South Hagerstown history to hurdle the milestone, joining Beth Henson and Tiffany Jones on the list. That was the second-best thing that happened to the senior on her memorable 28-point, 8-assist night.

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"Getting 1,000 was a good feeling, but I was going for the win," Middlekauff said, just before being doused by her teammates in a water bottle shower. "If it was going to happen, it was going to happen. This was a total-team effort for us, the 1,000th point and the win."

The big moment came in typical Middlekauff fashion - on a slashing drive down the middle of Boonsboro defense, ending in an underhand finger-roll layup that touched every portion of the rim before falling through.

The game was stopped just long enough to give Middlekauff and bouquet of balloons and roses along with an old practice ball - the one she has called her own for her three years of playing at South - while signs unfurled to commemorate the century mark.

"I've had it at practice with me for three years," Middlekauff said of the old ball, instead of the game ball. "I took it home with me every day after practice. I have a spot for it already."

Middlekauff's hoop came in the middle of a 13-2 run that turned the Rebels 15-14 deficit at the end of the first quarter to a 27-15 lead the Rebels (3-2, 2-2) fought to protect the rest of the game.

Boonsboro (1-3, 0-3) battled back, using Michelle Reeder's outside shooting and Robin Curley's inside play to crawl within 49-45 with 1:15 remaining, but Middlekauff scored the last five points to seal the win.

"She knew she only needed 14 points, but we didn't want her to be nervous," South coach Anne Whisner said. "We stressed that we wanted to get the ball to get everyone involved. It's great she got 1,000 because she has a good positive attitude and she is becoming a leader for us."

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