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Jackson’s Katie Waller becomes seventh Indian in program history to score 1,000 points

Jackson senior Katie Waller scored the 1,000th point of her career in a 68-39 win over New Madrid County Central on the road last Thursday night. Photo by Nick McNeal

Last Thursday night at New Madrid County Central, Jackson girls basketball 5-foot-10 senior guard Katie Waller became the seventh Indian to ever score 1,000 career points.

Waller scored a game-high 25 points in Jackson’s (16-6) 68-39 win over the Eagles (2-20) to do so, and she actually reached the amount she needed in the first quarter.

“It’s something that I’ve dreamed of ever since I was little,” Waller said. “I remember watching someone get to 1,000 points and thinking, ‘That is so cool’ and wished that would be me one day. Ever since I knew I was on the verge of getting it, I pushed myself really hard.

“I got a little choked up because I’ve been waiting for this moment a really long time. It’s a moment where I can sit back and be really proud of myself.”

Katie is the second Indian over the last three seasons to accomplish this milestone as former Jackson player 2020 graduate Madison Lambert (1,122 points) did so.

Waller and Lambert are in Jackson’s 1,000-point club with former Indians like 1992 graduate, Andrea Siemer (1,610 points), 2003 graduate, Jenna Leet (1,590), 2016 graduate Cassidi Tomsu (1,379), 1994 graduate Jill Heitz (1,138) and 1997 graduate Michele Millham Rubel (1,080).

“It means a lot to join the 1,000-point club with them because I’ve put in the work to get where I am right now,” Waller said. “To think I’m up there with some of the best players that’s ever come through Jackson is something I don’t take lightly, and I think it’s really cool.”

With two regular-season games and the postseason left, Waller has 1,035 career points after scoring 21 in Jackson’s 49-35 road win over Cor Jesu (16-8) Saturday.

“Last year, she put up enough points and you’re like, ‘OK, it’s going to happen,’” Indians head coach Adam Stoneking said. “The thing you always worry about is them staying healthy because unless you score 30 points a game, it’s going to take you three and a half to four years. It was exciting.”

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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