Ashten Prechtel reached 1,000 career points aiding the Discovery Canyon girls' basketball team to a 50-44 victory over the Vista Ridge in a 5A/4A Pikes Peak matchup.
As the Thunder was recovering from a sluggish second quarter. Prechtel, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, scored five points to open the third.
She reached point No. 1,000 late in the third quarter. The home crowd erupted in excitement, providing Prechtel with a standing ovation at the next stoppage of play, displaying signs commemorating the occasion.
“I was super excited, I’ve been looking forward to it honestly. I was counting it in my head the whole game,” Prechtel said. “I was just ready to make it.”
Prechtel entered the night needing 18 points to reach the milestone.
“It was great to have (Ashten's 1,000th) here in front of our home crowd, we have a great community up here at DCC,” Thunder coach Heath Kirkham said. “We always have great crowds, great support.”
But the DCC home crowd did not stop a scrappy Vista Ridge team from pressuring in the second quarter. The Wolves tightened up on defense, recorded multiple steals and drove to the lane for tough baskets on offense. They outscored Discovery Canyon 14-10 in the second quarter.
“I think I just came into the second quarter a little flat,” Prechtel said. “I was determined to play well in the third quarter because we had let them come back when we shouldn’t have so I was a little bit mad.”
“We weren’t playing very good defense (in the second), and that’s our staple really, we’re not a great offensive team,” Kirkham said. “I just told them, ‘We gotta play better defense, shut them down.’ We did a better job boxing out and rebounding in the second half too.”
Prechtel and the Thunder were reinvigorated in the second half, utilizing great ball movement to find open layups down low.
Prechtel led the Thunder with 25 points and 22 rebounds, while Kristina Schneible scored 12 and had nine boards.
Discovery Canyon (14-7, 8-5) has won four straight. After a solid start to the season Vista Ridge has lost 10 of 14 in the new year.
Kirkham waid it was an ugly win overall but acknowledged the advantage his tall forward gives his team.
“That's awesome that she practices everyday, practices that hard to reach that accomplishment,” Kirkham said. “Having a 6’5’’ girl at this level that’s beyond helpful. That’s one of a kind.”