Stauffer becomes 8th EHS girl to reach 1,000 career points

By on January 4, 2017
Ephrata’s Caroline Stauffer (left) launches the three pointer that put her over the 1,000 career mark last Wednesday afternoon at home vs. Palmyra. Photo by Mike Shull

Ephrata’s Caroline Stauffer (left) launches the three pointer that put her over the 1,000 career mark last Wednesday afternoon at home vs. Palmyra. Photo by Mike Shull

After coming up short in her quest for 1,000 career points the previous two games, Ephrata senior Caroline Stauffer wanted to make sure she got it over quickly last Wednesday in the consolation game of the Ephrata Holiday tournament against Palmyra.

Stauffer entered the game just one point away from the milestone, and it took her all of 31 seconds to finally join that exclusive 1,000-point club. And naturally, the school’s all-time three-point field goal leader did it with a trey.

On the Lady Mounts’ first possession of the game, Stauffer dribbled off a screen to the top right corner of the three-point line, jab stepped right to shake off a defender before launching a three-pointer that caught nothing but net.

That shot set off a big celebration in the home gym, but for Stauffer, it was a huge sigh of relief.

“I was just ready to get it over with,” she said after the game. “I was tired of just everything focused on me getting 1,000. I’m happy but I’m glad it’s over. It was very nice to do it at home, with all of the support I had here today. That’s what made it extra special.”

Stauffer entered this season with 946 career points but missed the first four games of the season due to off-season ankle surgery. She now joins exclusive company, a group that includes: Carla Wenger (‘83-’86) 1,341; Tonya Wenger (‘88-’91) 1,257; Carrie Yoder (‘87-’90) 1,173; Marcy Dull (‘03-’06) 1,109; Kelly Liebl (‘12-’15) 1,065; Ali Balmer (‘95-’98) 1,006; and Diane Kopp (‘77-’80) 1,004.

“(Reaching 1,000) was very important to me,” she said. “I was ready to get it. I think that’s been a goal of mine since my freshman year so I’m glad I accomplished it.”

She finished with 10 points Wednesday in what turned out to be a 53-36 Ephrata loss. With the 10 points, which included a pair of treys, she leapfrogged both Kopp and Balmer and now sits in sixth place in scoring all-time for the EHS girls.

With more than half of the season remaining, she’ll now set her sights on catching Liebl, who as her teammates two seasons ago watched the now St. Joseph’s University track star reach 1,000.

“It’s very exciting and I think about that a lot,” she said of her time as Liebl’s teammate. “It was very nice playing with Kelly and sharing that experience with her too…it’s something I definitely wanted to achieve as well.”

It’s been sort of a tough go thus far for Stauffer, a four-year starter who is the only known returnee for a very young Lady Mounts’ team. On most nights, teams have been focusing on trying to take her away and make someone else beat them.

“I’ve been face-guarded a lot but I’ve just had to figure it out,” she said. “I’ve been figuring out how to get open, and just help the team.”

She does feel now that she’s reached 1,000, everybody can relax and play better as a team.

“I’ve been wanting to get this out of the way because I didn’t want it affect the game,” she said. “I wanted to get it over with so the team could come together. I do think it will relax the team. The younger girls are really starting to get a hold of things and we are coming together.”

Stauffer’s initial three Wednesday sparked a 10-1 Ephrata lead after one quarter of play. However, the Cougars, one of the tougher teams out of the Mid-Penn, responded with a 19-point second quarter to take the lead, and they gradually pulled away for the 17-point victory.

In addition to Stauffer’s 10 points, Gabi Gerola-Hill chipped in with eight points while Katherine Sola added seven in the loss.

Olivia Richardson paced the Cougars (6-4) with a game-high 20 points while Annabelle Copeland added 11 for the winners.

Central Dauphin went on to capture the Tournament title with a 58-46 victory over Manheim Township in the championship game.

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