By Jay Young
Anne Campion walked into McElrath Gymnasium on Monday night as one of many successful Jamestown basketball players before her, but after the Lady Red Raiders' 64-43 win over West Seneca West, she walked off the court in a new company of greatness.
After reaching 1,000 points, Anne Campion was presented a commemorative ball by coach Tim Anderson. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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For now there is only one Campion name on the big board of 1,000 point scorers, Anne's older brother, Tommy, was the most recent player to break the mark in February of 2013, but that is about to change.
Now, after hitting a contested 3-point shot in the second quarter against the Indians, Anne's name will be added to the list of Red Raider greats to surpass the millennial mark.
But you can bet that the Campion legacy will not cease there.
After Monday night's game, Anne, who is still only a junior, stands just two 3-pointers behind the Jamestown girls basketball record for buckets from beyond the arc.
She will look to surpass that mark tonight as the Lady Red Raiders are back in action against ECIC opponent Frontier at home.
"I've always dreamed of this since I was little and going to camps," she said after reaching the milestone. "Now it feels like it's really here."
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Only five former Lady Red Raiders have been able to make it to 1,000 points and it looks like No. 6 might end up being one of the highest scoring of them all.
After all, there is still a whole season next year for Anne.
Speaking with her after the win, it was clear that competition begets success in the Campion household.
"Well I did it in my junior year and (Tommy) did it in his senior year, but I started playing in seventh grade and he started in ninth grade-so I'm pretty much better," she joked.
If there is one person who can appreciate the success of Campion's career outside of her friends and family, it would certainly be Lady Red Raiders coach Tim Anderson.
"She's been around for a long time and she's one of the hardest workers that we have on the team," he said. "So you can really respect her achieving one of her goals."
Passing the 1,000 point mark on Monday offered a microcosm of Campion's career and a glimpse of the struggles that breed all great athletes.
The junior was unable to find buckets in the early minutes of the game, missing her first two attempts from 3-point range. But as has been the case with her career, hard work paid off in the end.
"I think at the beginning of the game in the first quarter she pressed a little bit," Anderson said. "Maybe she was feeling a little nervous like she had to get it, but I tried to tell her that it will come and that she would get her shots."
After being unable to find scoring from long range, Campion shifted her strategy to attacking the paint from outside, picking up points on consecutive drives to the basket.
Moving into the second quarter of the night, only three points separated Anne from 1,000, and the next time the ball came to her it didn't matter that there was a defender in the way.
Campion did what she does best, pulled the trigger and listened for the swish.
If you make your way down to McElrath gymnasium tonight you will probably get a chance to see Anne break another record, but who knows how many more she may go after in the games to come.