The 2016-17 basketball season marked the end of the high school careers for an array of girls from the Panhandle who were exceptional players the past four years. Six of them tallied more than 1,000 points and also were standouts in other phases of the game. It’s certain their teams will miss them next season.
Two of the six had already cracked four figures in scoring last year. Josie Perez of Gordon-Rushville ended her junior year with 1,197 points and Jessica Harvey of Morrill had rung up 1,085. Both of them continued pouring in the points this year.
Harvey scored 531 points while averaging 20.4 and Perez tallied 439, an average of 19.1. Theirs’ were the top two totals and averages in the Panhandle this season. Perez finishes her high school career with 1,636 points and Harvey with 1,590. They averaged 18.3 and 17.3 points, respectively, during their four years as starters.
Their totals rank among the top six all-time in the 12-county area. The leader is Jordan Hooper of Alliance, who finished her prep career in 2010 with 2,078 points, Brooke Schwartz, a 1996 Gering graduate, is second with 1,894 points, followed by Amy Stephens, who had scored 1,656 points in just three years when she had graduated from Alliance in 1984.
Perez is now fourth on the list with her 1,636 total. Kelly Behrends, a 1999 Lodgepole grad, is fifth with 1,607 and Harvey is sixth with her 1,590. Now in seventh place is Ashlea Kerr of Chadron, who had scored 1,435 points when she graduated in 2014.
The others who went over the 1,000-point mark this year are Jadyn McCartney of Chadron, who finishes with 1,330 points, and three members of the Class of 2017 at Hemingford—Brooke Turek with 1,374, Faith Rohrbouck with 1,122 and Natalie Gasseling with 1,111.
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