SHELBY, Neb. — Chatrice White made her final home game a memorable one Friday night for Shelby-Rising City.
The 6-foot-3 forward scored her 2,000th career point to help the Huskies post a 70-37 win over Bruning-Davenport/Shickley. White, the second-leading scorer in the state, finished with 28 points — the exact number she needed to reach the milestone.
“My dad has been counting it down,” said White, who is the ninth girl in state history to reach the 2,000-point mark. “He told me it would be pretty cool if I got it tonight.”
Shelby-Rising City coach Travis Weber said he also thought it would be nice if White could get to 2,000 in front of the home fans. The Huskies will play their final two regular-season games on the road before subdistricts.
“If she was close after the third quarter, I was going to keep her in to try and get it,” Weber said. “It was another typical game for Chatrice.”
White, who averages 24.2 points and 12 rebounds, had 17 boards to go with her 28 points. She also had nine blocks and seven assists.
“She's going to get her points, no matter what,” BDS coach Shana Gerberding said. “Their height gave us a lot of problems.”
The Huskies (19-1), ranked sixth in Class C-2, opened a 25-7 lead after one quarter and were never threatened. The Eagles, ranked ninth in Class D-1, fell to 14-5.
Jessica Nekl scored nine points in the first quarter and White had eight to help Shelby-Rising City build that early advantage. The lead was 20 at halftime as the Huskies went to the locker room with a 37-17 edge.
White, who had 14 points in the first half, added 10 in the third quarter to close within four points of the milestone. She scored on a putback midway through the fourth quarter and then sank a pair of free throws to reach 2,000 before heading for the bench.
“It was special to reach that mark here tonight because I've been playing in that gym since fourth grade,” she said. “It feels great, but it's sad that I won't be playing any more games here.”
White, who was 8 for 14 from the field and 12 for 12 from the foul line, trails only Fremont's Jessica Shepard (31.2) in scoring average. The two have been teammates on the Cornhusker Shooting Stars select team.
“I haven't talked to her in awhile,” White said. “But I know she's having a great season.”
Macy Stewart added 16 points for the Huskies while Nekl had 13.
Sophomore Catherine Mick finished with 11 to lead the Eagles.
“There was a lot of emotion out there tonight,” White said. “It was a really good final home game for us seniors.”
BDS (14-5) ............................................................ 7 10 8 12—37
At Shelby-Rising City (19-1) ................................. 25 12 13 20—70
BDS: Catherine Mick 11, Kalli Schroeder 6, Jennifer Mick 8, Jill Schroeder 5, Matyson Kleinschmidt 2, Christy Swartzendruber 4, Courtney Kamler 1.
SRC: MaryEll Kohl 2, Emily Kay 1, Kelsey Hopkins 2, Jessica Nekl 13, Karissa Nickolite 2, Chatrice White 28, Macy Stewart 16, Courtney Smith 2, Danielle Schaf 4.