Waverly's Bowman joins 1,000-point club
WAVERLY - With a big game against Notre Dame looming on Friday, Waverly coach Brian Miller wanted to make sure senior Sabrina Bowman scored her 1,000th career point Tuesday night at home.
Bowman erased any concerns quickly, knocking down four 3-pointers in the first half and scoring 24 points to reach the milestone and become the sixth girl in school history to score 1,000 points.
The historic bucket was set up by a steal and assist in transition from Jenna Bowman - Sabrina's cousin - with 1:47 remaining in the first half.
Sabrina Bowman took note of her cousin's unselfishness.
"It was great," she said. "Afterward, I let her know I really appreciated it. She could have taken it up, but she dished it off because she knew I needed one more."
"It feels great," added Bowman. "I have to thank my teammates and my coach."
Bowman joins Katie Histed (1,955 points), Rachel Sheppard (1,339), Rebecca Baker (1,309), Jill Stolicker (1,010) and Kelly Thomas (1,003) in the 1,000-point club.
Miller said Bowman has worked hard and deserves all of her accomplishments.
"She's a great shooter and she's very good with her speed. She uses her speed to get open shots.
"She works hard at it," said Miller. "People don't realize that she plays all year long to make herself a better basketball player.
"She wants to be a great player - that's a big part to her success right there," added Miller.
Bowman was efficient in reaching the milestone, pouring in 29 points on 11 of 18 shooting from the field, including a 6-for-9 performance from behind the 3-point arc.
She also handed out four assists, including three in the first while still in pursuit of 1,000.
"I tried to get my team involved in the game, not just myself. I knew it would come," said Bowman.
"We wanted to get it tonight to get it out of the way because Friday night is a huge game," said Miller, "but those assists shows you how unselfish she is and that she wants to win the basketball game and get her teammates involved."
Waverly JV coach Bob Stowits, who coached Bowman as an 8th-grader and in AAU ball, said he knew she was going to be a good one.
"You could see she had the potential back then.
"She's always been a good scorer," said Stowits. "She's aggressive and she works hard. She plays AAU ball and she works and plays in the off season."
With the milestone in the rear-view mirror, Bowman can concentrate on her first priority - winning playoff games.
"We have a lot to work with. We have a lot of big girls and we have a lot of guards. We're fast and we can shoot the ball.
"I think we can go pretty far if we work together," said Bowman. "If we play like we've been playing and shoot the ball like we have, we'll go pretty far."