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JB's Myers tops 1,000

January 21, 2006|By CHRIS CARTER

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -

James Buchanan senior Alicia Myers became the 15th player in school history to score 1,000 career points Friday night and only the fourth female to reach the plateau.

What does Myers have to say about the achievement?

"It's good to get it out of the way," she said smiling. "Now it's time to concentrate on bigger things, like districts."

Myers is the first female to top 1,000 points in 10 years, but her sights go beyond individual accomplishments. Her dream is to help lead the Rockets to what she declares are bigger and better things: A District 3 Championship and possible postseason run.

"It was definitely one of my goals this year, but I have even bigger goals for us as a team," Myers said. "I'd rather be on a winning team than get individual stuff like this."

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For Myers, the two go hand-in-hand as her scoring has helped JB to a 12-4 record this season, including a perfect 6-0 mark in the Mid-Penn Capital.

Myers entered the game five points shy of the 1,000-point mark and reached the milestone with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter of the Rockets' divisonal matchup with Scotland. Leanna Cristofano found Myers as she cut underneath the basket to the left baseline. Myers swished the 14-footer, sending the home crowd into an uproar.

"It feels good to be able to do it at home," Myers said. "We had an away game and I knew I had a chance at it. I wasn't going to stop scoring just to be able to do it at home, but I'm glad I was able to do it here."

Myers finished with 20 points in helping the Rockets defeat Scotland, 59-32. She now had 1,015 points for her career - a number that is certain to increase.

"It's a great accomplishment for her because of everything she's done to get to this point," said Rockets coach Becky Miller. "All the summers and all the practice time she's put in has taken her to this and she deserves it."

The game was stopped at the 1:03 mark in the first quarter and Myers was given the game ball, a bouquet of flowers and balloons while being joined at midcourt by her parents.

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