For many high school basketball players, scoring 1,000 points is a near-impossible achievement, but on Feb. 3, senior Akayla Hackson scored her 1,000th point against Menlo School.
Achieving 1,000 official points in a high school basketball career requires consistent minutes and accurate shooting, along with avoiding serious injury. In Hackson’s case, she was the sixth man her freshman year, and then earned a starting position at the beginning of sophomore year.
Being part of the elite “1,000-point club” is a spectacular accomplishment that represents years of hard work and determination, though Hackson gives all the credit to her teammates and their selflessness on the court.
“Everyone is so unselfish and is willing to pass up their good shot, for an even better shot. I couldn’t have done this without any one of them,” Hackson said.
The pass-first style of play that head coach Doc Scheppler instills in their players is a big part of why the team is so successful, and how Hackson was able to get to 1,000 points.
Hackson only knew about her approaching 1,000 points when sophomore and teammate Hannah Jump told her she was 24 points away.
The moment Hackson hit the floater for her 1,000th point, The Panther Pit, Pinewood’s infamous cheering section, went wild with excitement. Fans held up signs and cheered so loud that Hackson, usually stoic on the court, couldn’t help but let out a big smile. After an overwhelming 81-49 win against Menlo, Hackson’s teammates chanted her name with pride.
“Akayla scoring 1,000 was such an incredible moment for the whole team. Everyone celebrated for her and it really brought us closer together being able to celebrate such an amazing achievement for one of our teammates,” sophomore Klara Astrom said.
Hackson is very optimistic for CCS this year and believes that Pinewood has a definite chance of winning it all. Hackson and her teammates have a tough road ahead of them, though; the Panthers will need to go through the top team in the nation once again, which this year is Archbishop Mitty High School.