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Two Lady Rams Score 1000th Career Points

Written By Editor on 1/13/17 | 1/13/17

Photo and story by Liz Page

 SOUTH KORTRIGHT – The Lady Rams celebrated a pair of milestones recently, something their coach said is very special as two team members scored their 1000 th career baskets in back to back games.

 Team co-captains Brianna Laing and Lexi DuBois have been basketball teammates for the past four years and are currently combining for an average of 34.9 points per game, which makes it no surprise the Lady Rams are undefeated on the season.



South Kortright Lady Rams co-captians Lexi DuBois (left) and Brianna Laing, who is holding her 1000 th point ball, share a moment together after Laing’s sank her milestone shot. DuBois reached her 1000 th point milestone in the very next game.
“It is an amazing accomplishment that these two athletes can add to an outstanding athletic career and senior year. Brianna and Lexi are both tremendous athletes who put the extra time and work into the sport. They are very deserving and I'm proud of their achievement,” said coach Josh Burroughs.

Laing scored 16 points against Newark Valley in the Whitney Point Tournament on Dec. 28. She connected on a three-point bucket from the right side of the arc in the opening quarter off a pass from teammate Hannah Shafer. Her team went on to win the tournament. 

Burroughs presented her with the 1000-point ball as the game was stopped and Laing’s milestone announced. She was congratulated by fellow team members and quickly posed with her parents and grandmother, with a big sign, to mark the moment.

 It is no fluke that Laing achieved the milestone, she has been a starting member of the Lady Rams varsity squad since eighth grade. She was called up to varsity as a seventh grader, playing junior varsity. She was moved up in time to become part of the Section 4 championship team which advanced to the state final four.

She has seen two sectional championships, two regional championships, two state final four appearances and one state final appearance. This year, she is looking to win her fifth straight Delaware League title as team co- captain.

 So far this season, she has averaged 16.9 points per game, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Not surprisingly, basketball is her favorite sport.

 “Brianna is the definition of what it takes for an athlete to be successful in any sport. She puts in hours of extra work in the off season to her skill set sharp and to improve each part of her game,” said Burroughs. “Brianna is willing to go to the gym early or stay late.
She shoots on her off days, plays high level AAU and summer basketball in the off- season and works out to improve her strength and endurance.

“On the court she is a fierce competitor, can do everything well and has developed into a leader.” 

Off the court, she is just as motivated. Laing is involved in various extracurricular activities at SKCS, is a sholar athlete and volunteers as a youth basketball coach for the school’s elementary program.

“She is a role model to many of our younger athletes. I am extremely proud of her and the work she puts into the sport,” said Burroughs. “She is a self-motivated athlete who is fueled by her love and passion for the game. It truly was a privilege to be able to share that moment with her.”

DuBois is a talented athlete, according to Burroughs. She scored her 1000 th point last week in a win over league rival Jefferson. She scored 36 points in the game, scoring point 1000 in the third quarter. Her assist came from teammate Brooke Davis who passed her the ball and sank the two-point shot in the middle of the paint. The game, at home, was stopped and she was congratulated by the team, with Burroughs presenting her with a 1000-point ball. She too shared the moment with family to pose for a picture.

A four-year varsity player, DuBois has started all four years and has seen her team win a sectional championship, one regional championship and has played in one final four and one state final appearance. She is looking at her fourth straight league title as a member of the team who averages 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists and six steals per game this year.

DuBois also puts in extra time during the off-season to improve as a player. Although soccer is her first love, she continues to dedicate time to basketball, according to Burroughs.

“Lexi plays travel soccer, AAU basketball and is active in two summer leagues. On the court she plays at a level higher than most, reads the game well and makes her teammates better,” he said.

 Off the court, DuBois is also very active. She too is a scholar athlete and participates in extracurricular events and is a volunteer coach for the school’s elementary program where Burroughs says many of the younger athletes look up to her.

 “Lexi excels in all areas of the game, but her commitment to improve over the years impresses me most. I’m honored to be able to work with and watch such a gifted young lady.”
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