Geneseo senior Devan Griffin can now add her name to the 1,000-career point club at Geneseo High School.
“Oh gosh, no I never thought about getting it and I never thought I would get it this year,” said Griffin, a three-year varsity player, of her accomplishment."
The senior currently stands at 1,002 career points after the Lady Leafs’ Feb. 4 contest with Davenport North. Going into the game, Griffin needed 18 to reach the milestone, and she put up 20.
“After (Annawan’s) Jordan Jackson reached her 1,000th-career point, I started thinking I should be close,” said Griffin. “And then coach John Wagner spilled it at practice that I was 32 points away.”
“It is a big milestone,” said head coach Scott Hardison. “She came into the year with 600 points, so to get 400 in a season is a big accomplishment. It just shows she has been a big part and focal point of the team for more than one season. This just shows how much of a threat she is, how much of an athlete she is, and that she has the potential to get better.”
“After Thursday’s (Feb. 2) game, I had 18 to go,”?said Griffin. “(Against Davenport North) at one point in the game, I knew I had 16 points, but then I looked at the scoreboard and saw I had 20, then I realized I did it.”
“I coached Devan for two years in softball and she is just a workhorse that is ready to do her job everyday,” said Hardison. “She is an offensive threat. She might not be as vocal, but she leads by example with her scoring and pulling down the boards. Girls look to her to get things done.”
“I am really proud of this accomplishment, not only for myself, but for my whole team because they helped me,” said Griffin. “It is exciting because not a lot of people do this. It definitely makes the work worthwhile.
“I play basketball year round, all summer and every weekend. I really want to be a good player.”
Griffin said that this year she has noticed how her defense has improved over the season as she has had to make the transition from playing a 1-3-1 zone to man-to-man.
She also said she believes her ability to finish around the hoop after an offensive rebound and giving opportunities to her teammates on the outside is an asset she brings to the Lady Leaf squad.
Griffin said she tries not to get overly frustrated when she knows she is playing with a target on her back.
“Other teams set up plays to double team me, but coach always tells me to just play my game,” said Griffin.
Next year, Griffin plans to continue playing basketball at the collegiate level.