White becomes 3rd Wildcat to reach 1,000 as Owen J. Roberts retains Great Valley – PA Prep Live

BUCKTOWN >> Avery White was on the field two seasons ago when Olivia LeClaire became the second Owen J. Roberts player to reach the 1,000 point milestone.

She remembered the shock from a close loss to Spring-Ford on Milestones Night.

After hitting the mark herself on Saturday against Great Valley – just the third Wildcat to do so – White didn’t want his special moment to be marred by another close loss. So she didn’t let him.

White’s steal with less than two seconds to go sealed OJR’s 40-36 victory over the visiting Patriots.

“I wouldn’t have been here without all of my teammates so it was a really fun time, but ultimately I still wanted to win the game,” White said. “It was a close game so I was focusing on that.”

White entered Saturday’s game with nine points to reach the milestone. She finished with 12 in the win to take her to 1,003 career points in her career, while junior Gabbi Koury added 12. Laura Lum scored 11 and Lauren Fredrick had 10 for the Patriots.

OJR’s only 1,000 point scorer before 2020 was 1999 graduate Nikki Kingston, who ended her career with 1,195 points. White is the second Wildcat in three seasons to surpass the mark, following 2020 graduate Olivia LeClaire, who set the program record with 1,250 points.

“I think that says a lot about where we are at,” said OJR 14th year head coach Jeremy Mellon. “For a long time, from 99 at any time, we had no one. And then luckily for the last couple of years we’ve had Liv and now we have Avery.

“For me the most important thing is ‘Would you like your daughter to grow up like her?’ And I would do it 100 times more, ”he added. “She’s just a great girl. She deserves all of this because she works so hard, and she’s a great teammate too. “

Owen J. Roberts senior Avery White, center, and parents Jennifer White, left, and Vincent White pose for a photo during Saturday’s game against Great Valley after scoring his 1,000th career point. (Owen McCue – MediaNews Group)

Owen J. Roberts’ Asya Price prepares a shot against Great Valley on Saturday. (Owen McCue – MediaNews Group)

White, who posted 22, 20 and 21 outings in OJR’s first three games, looked on course to accomplish the feat early Saturday with a six-point first quarter that gave OJR a lead. from 12-10.

A few open glances were not granted to her in the second before the Patriots began to protect her with the ball. The Wildcats’ offense died down in the latter parts of the first half before Great Valley took an 18-15 halftime lead.

White finally returned to the board with a pair of free throws at 5:19 of the third. A few possessions later, she threw another free kick through the net to reach the milestone.

“As soon as she got to the free throw line I think we all had a lot of confidence in her and we were all very happy for her,” Koury said.

Upon reaching the milestone, OJR appeared to relax, taking a 30-23 lead after three quarters.

“I wasn’t hitting my punches, a few other girls weren’t hitting their punches,” White said. “We were a bit stuck there in attack. Once we kind of settled in and started to leave, we gained some confidence and kinda settled down.

Great Valley reduced the lead to two, 33-31, with 3:49, but Koury found Ava Clemson for a bucket and then scored on a quick break next time around to give the Wildcats a cushion. Koury scored six points in the fourth quarter, also hitting a pair of free throws in the last minute.

The Wildcats led by two possessions until Lum managed a free throw to make it 39-36 following a turnaround by White. After two missed free throws from the OJR, the Patriots had a chance to equalize, but White’s steal sealed the victory.

“It was good to just finish with a win,” she said.

Whites are the fastest Wildcat to reach 1,000 points and need 247 points to catch LeClaire for the all-time mark on the program. She’ll need just over 13 games to accomplish the feat if she maintains her current pace of 18.8 points per game.

It’s definitely on her radar, but not at the forefront of her mind as she and the Wildcats have their eyes set on competing for a league title.

“It’s not my primary focus,” White said. “It would be really cool to break that record and be the top scorer, so I’m definitely going to try to do that, but I would like to win games in the end. If that comes with that would be cool too.

Owen J. Roberts 40 years old, Great Valley 36

Great Valley: Sintis 1 0-0 2, Lum 3 4-8 11, Fredrick 4 1-2 10, Curley 1 5-6 8, Totals 9 10-16 36.

Owen J. Roberts: Like. White 1 3-9 5, Price 1 2-5 5, Av. Blanc 1 9-15 12, Vogelman 1 0-0 2, Koury 5 2-2 12, Smith 1 0-0 2, Clemson 1 0-0 2 , Totals 10 16-31 40.

Great Valley 10 8 5 13-36
Owen J. Roberts 12 3 15 10-40

3 point goals: GV – Lum, Fredrick, Curley; OJR – Price, Av. Blanc.

Owen J. Roberts’ Avery White, left, had a three-point shot against Great Valley on Saturday. (Owen McCue – MediaNews Group)

Owen J. Roberts’ Ava Clemson, center, had a shot on Saturday against Great Valley. (Owen McCue – MediaNews Group)

Owen J. Roberts’ Alexa Vogleman, left, attempts a shot as Great Valley’s Gia Sioutis defends on Saturday. (Owen McCue – MediaNews Group)

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