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Edmonds surpasses 1,000 mark

February 19, 2003

Courtney Edmonds isn't quite finished hitting milestones.

Against Pleasant Ridge on Feb. 7, McLouth lost, 54-33, but Edmonds scored her 1,000th point in the process. As of Friday, she had 1,056 on her career.

"I didn't know until after the game actually," Edmonds said. "But I was really shooting for that and I got it, and I still have five or six games left so I was pretty pumped."

After a road game Tuesday at Jefferson County North, the McLouth senior has three more regular season games left to improve her point total. And then there are opportunities in the postseason.

Against Burlingame on Friday, Edmonds aggravated her hip, which has been bothersome since her sophomore season.

"It was just really frustrating watching from the bench," Edmonds said.

The Bulldogs had a 17-point lead before the senior's departure, but the Bearcats battled back in Edmonds' absence and won, 46-45.

McLouth is 6-11 overall and 3-3 in the Delaware Valley League.

"We play really well one game with our shooting percentage around 45 and the next day it's under 20," Edmonds said. "It's just so inconsistent."

McLouth will play in a Class 2A substate tournament beginning March 3 in Horton. If the brackets were drawn up today, McLouth would likely be the No. 8 seed with a 6-11 record and face top-seeded Horton (13-3). The tournament will include all DVL teams except for Maranatha Academy in Shawnee. Wathena, Jackson Heights, Jefferson County North, Troy and Valley Falls also will be in the tournament.

As the basketball season winds down, Edmonds keeps moseying along the recruiting trail.

A trip to Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., wasn't as impressive as Edmonds had hoped. The school was interested in her running ability -- Edmonds has won two straight 800 titles in track -- but the senior wasn't pleased with the school's art program.

"I was a little excited and I think I went in there too excited," Edmonds said.

If Edmonds focuses on track, she said, Wichita State would be the frontrunner. She's still looking to play her favorite sport of basketball as well. Ultimately, she'd like to play basketball at Kansas for Marian Washington and run track for Jayhawk coach Stanley Redwine.

"I'm still waiting," she said. "Maybe God will open some doors in basketball."

Edmonds knows basketball might not be in her future if she runs track at a Division I school. In the meantime, a few prep games remain on her slate.

"I'd just really like to end the season with a couple big games because these might be my last games ever," Edmonds said. "You never know."

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