Two girls basketball players joined their respective school’s 1,000-point club Thursday when Sierra visited Mesa Ridge for a regular season finale.
Sierra senior Aubrey Robinson got there first with a layup in the second quarter that prompted a celebratory chant from the Stallion fans.
“It was so surreal, because I’ve been working my behind off,” Robinson said. “To be here is a blessing.”
The Grizzlies ended up with more reason to make noise, as Mesa Ridge completed a 16-0 run through the Class 4A Colorado Springs Metro League with a 73-49 victory.
When Ashley Bowen - Mesa Ridge’s junior post player - scored her 1,000th point with the final score of the first half, the Grizzlies led 44-25 just before the half.
“She’s a mismatch for everybody in our league pretty much,” Grizzlies coach Jeff Beaty said of the 6-foot-3 Brown. “She takes advantage of it and does a super job for us.”
Brown got a head start, scoring roughly 200 points at the varsity level while an eighth grader in Alabama. Her family is moving to Texas in the coming weeks, and she wanted to reach the milestone before the transition.
“I wanted to get it here just before everything happened,” Brown said. “I knew my teammates were going help me get to that point.”
After senior Chloe Welch and her classmates were honored before the tip, the Grizzlies wasted little time getting going.
Welch opened the scoring with a driving layup before hitting a 3-pointer. Angelina Jackson and Serin Dunne added 3-pointers, while Bowen got going on the inside to put Mesa Ridge up 25-14 after the first eight minutes.
“We hit a lot of shots from the outside, which is not something I want to see a whole lot of, but they hit enough of them that it was OK,” Beatty said. “We’ve been scoring a lot of points early.”
Welch, a Davidson signee who Beatty called the hardest worker he’s coached in 18 years, scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on her senior night.
“It’s a bittersweet ending,” she said. “I’m ready to go off to college, but I’m going to miss this place and all these people.”
Dunne and Bowen added 17 and 16, respectively. Bowen also grabbed 17 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Sophomore D’nae Wilson scored 17 of her game-high 22 points in the second half for Sierra, while Robinson added 12.