Triton’s Petersohn scores 1,000th career point
It was a big night for the Triton Girls Basketball team on February 1 as Kendra Petersohn scored her 1,000th career point against Goodhue. The junior guard became the first Triton girls basketball player in nearly 20 years to accomplish the feat when she sank a free throw late in the second half against Goodhue.
“It was awesome,” Petersohn said of reaching the milestone. “People that don’t usually talk to me would come up and say congratulations. Just the fact that it hasn’t been done a lot, it’s really rewarding that I could do something like that.”
Petersohn’s quest for her 1,000th point had been a drawn out process thanks to the polar vortex and inclement weather that had swept the area in recent weeks. Coming into the game with Goodhue, there was plenty of buzz as Petersohn needed 10 points to reach the milestone.
“Everybody was asking me about it,” Petersohn said. “People were asking me how many points I needed and they were making posters in study halls. I was really nervous because I was thinking what if I didn’t get it [against Goodhue] and everyone was expecting it?”
Petersohn had a tough first half against a Wildcat defense that has traditionally been one of the best in the area. After entering halftime with just two points, Petersohn had a talk with head coach Melissa Young to help clear her mind.
“The first half was rough,” Petersohn admitted. “Coach Young just told me to play and not think about it.”
Petersohn was more effective in the second half, using her aggressiveness to get buckets inside and get to the free throw line. With just over three minutes left in the second half, Petersohn sank a free throw to reach the milestone which saw the hometown crowd erupt as she was mobbed by her teammates and given a commemorative ball for her accomplishment.
“I didn’t even know it had happened,” Petersohn laughed. “I thought I had five or six points and all the sudden everybody was running up to me.”
The game didn’t go Triton’s way as Goodhue would take a 29-14 lead in the first half thanks to their strong, full-court defense. While the game was sewn up, Petersohn finished with the 10 points she needed while Taylor Young finished with 11 points and Holly Kubat chipped in with six.
In the end, Lexie Lodermeier’s 20 points made the difference as Goodhue would earn the 67-37 victory.