Senior Sydney Roule nailed her 1,001st point in the second quarter of Wednesday’s basketball game against North Olmsted, becoming the fourth girl and one of just five students in Comets history to surpass the 1,000 point mark.
Other members of the prestigious club are Audra Mihalic, Sheri Horvath, Brooke Wallace, and Garrett Klekota.
Roule’s achievement came in the midst of a 63-40 Southwestern Conference win over the Eagles.
“She won’t admit it but she’s been nervous about it all day,” said a proud coach Kevin Collins. “She wanted her first seven. Once she got it, she relaxed and caught fire a little bit… We couldn’t be happier for her. She’s a special kid, so it’s a great night for her. She put in all the work and did everything she needed to do to get to this point.”
Roule made a few attempts before she was able to hit the magic number. Once she sank it, she cruised for the remainder of the game.
“It feels amazing. This is a go-ahead,” she said afterward. “I knew at the beginning of the season that I could reach my goal if I just played my game. It feels great.”
The big basket came on an Eagles turnover forced by Kate Iliff, who fed the ball to Roule for the layup. Roule said of Iliff, “We’re really close and it was nice to have that pass from her to get to 1,000.”
Roule plans to attend Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, and continue playing basketball on a full scholarship.
Jayla Hall and Roule put the Comets up 9-4 at the end of the first quarter. Ronette Rahmon Sumlin and Lindsey Van Ness each scored two for the Eagles.
In the second quarter, Iliff scored twice, Kamryn Dziak and Marisa Gillam sank three-pointers, and Hall shot her third hoop before Roule made her entry into the four-digit bracket.
The 25-11 halftime score set the tone for the remainder of the game.
For the Eagles, Sarah Bukala and Anne Bloomfield tagged hoops while Juliana Kemp made a trey.
After the break, Roule, obviously back in game mode, shot four more treys in the third quarter. Iliff made a pair and Hall rang up another basket. North Olmsted replied with Rahmon Sumlin sinking a hoop and a trey for a 48-28 third quarter.
Iliff, Roule, Hall, Faith Lewis and Lexi Alston all scored in the fourth for the 63-40 finish. Eagles Olivia Passafiume and DeeAnna Yarian added points along with Bloomfield.
High scorers for Amherst were Roule with 24 points, Iliff had 16, and Hall 13.
Photos by Carl Sullenberger | Amherst News-Times Concentration defined Sydney Roule as she neared her 1,000th career point. Roule had 1,018 points at the end of the 63-40 Southwestern Conference win over North Olmsted.