Whittington scores 1,000th point, Lady Falcons win seventh straight game
Elverado's Allie Whittington scored the 1,000th point of her career on this shot Tuesday night in Chester. (Doug Daniels photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
January 2, 2018
(Chester, Ill.) - Hitting the 1,000-point mark is a tremendously impressive achievement for any high school basketball senior to accomplish. Elverado's Allie Whittington just did it ten games into her JUNIOR year.
Whittington poured in 31 points - including #1,000 - to help lead the Lady Falcons to their seventh victory in a row on Tuesday night, a 51-29 win over Trico in the first round of the Lady Jackets Mid-Winter Classic in Chester.
"It's a huge accomplishment for anyone to hit 1,000 points, especially a junior, halfway through her junior season," said EHS head coach Jeremy Pierce. "Her freshman year she averaged 13-plus a game, last year was averaging just over 18, and after tonight she's probably up to about 22 points a game as a junior. She shoots the lights out, she's made it to the Three-Point Shootout at the State Finals. Super athlete overall. She made it to the State Finals in track in the 400 last year, pitcher for the softball team, just a great kid. Top three of her class academically, she does it all."
As for the game itself, the Falcons were in control early and held the Lady Pioneers to just 11 first half points. Already up 36-22 heading to the fourth, Elverado scored 15 in the final frame to extend the lead. Pierce says the team's turnaround from an 0-3 start to the season is due in part to their improved shooting, a lot of which has been done by Whittington.
"We started the year pretty slow, didn't shoot the ball that great, lost to three teams in our sub-sectional," Pierce said. "We hated that, but we're going to get to see all three of them again. We went down to Meridian and beat them at their place. We basically have a share of the conference championship this year, if we beat Cobden next Monday night, we'll win it outright."
"The girls have put in a lot of work, they work hard as a team, take care of the ball, play good defense. We're moving in the right direction. I don't think anyone is going to want to play us down the stretch, especially if we keep shooting the ball like we are."
While Whittington wouldn't rank her 1,000th point above the softball team's upset of No. 2-ranked Steeleville last spring on her personal list of accomplishments, she was still humbled by the experience and gave credit to her teammates for helping her make it happen.
"It's unbelievable, I couldn't imagine it," Whittington said. "It's great to have my team behind me to pass me the ball and do whatever they can to score when I'm not scoring, and get me the ball whenever I'm on."
Tori Ehlers added 8 points for the Lady Falcons against Trico, Hannah Alstat had 5, Brianna Tuthill 4, Chloe Barnes 2 and Emma Funk 1.
Now 7-3 overall (3-0 in conference play), Elverado returns to action on Friday night at the Lady Jackets Mid-Winter Classic when they take on New Athens in the semifinals of the championship bracket.