- Associated Press - Saturday, March 4, 2017

ETHAN, S.D. (AP) - Three seniors on the No. 1 Ethan girls basketball team have surpassed 1,000 career points this season.

Head coach Tom Young told The Mitchell Daily Republic (https://bit.ly/2lfXtUu) that he hasn’t seen such a milestone in his 25 years of coaching.

“It’s pretty rare. I don’t think I’ve had a team with two 1,000-point-scorers,” Young said. “It’s a testament to their work ethic, because you don’t score 1,000 points without putting a lot of time in the gym.”

Young said the three players, Kacey Bartscher, Rachel Hawkins and Ellie Hohn, began playing the sport as sophomores or younger. He credited each player’s team-first mentality.

“The biggest thing about these girls is they don’t care who scores,” Young said. “I don’t know if I’ve seen a selfish play by any of them. They look for each other, they set each other up and they make each other better.”

Hawkins, a 5-foot-8 guard, was the first to achieve the milestone at a Jan. 6 game, and was followed by 5-foot-11 forward Hohn on Jan. 17. Most recently, Bartscher, a 5-foot-9 guard, achieved the 1,000 mark on Feb. 3.

The three players gave credit to their teammates for their 1,000 point accomplishment.

“We give a lot of credit to the rest of our team, not just the starters, but the younger girls, because they push us every day in practice,” Hawkins said. “We wouldn’t be where we are without them.”

Bartscher, Hawkins and Hohn said they have received interest from college coaches and will decide their college plans after the season.

“The goal is always to go as far as we can, but we just want to be playing our best basketball,” Hawkins said. “If we play our best basketball and lose, then at least we know we went down playing as hard as we could.”

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Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com


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