Milford senior basketball standout Kate Irwin netted her 1,000th point in a Scarlet Hawks’ uniform, becoming only the second girl in program history to reach the milestone mark.
“It makes me feel pretty good, this is not something everyone gets and being the second girl is pretty cool,” Irwin said. “I will always remember the game and how it felt to score that 1,000th point.”
Irwin’s feat came in a lopsided home win over Norwood. She came into the game needing 32 points to reach 1,000, and finished the first quarter with only two points. But after big outputs in the second and third frames, Irwin found herself just 10 points away at the start of the fourth and connected on her 1,000th point with a free throw in the closing minutes.
“It was crazy, I had all of these emotions flowing through me,” she said. “I wanted to get it at home and when the 1,000th point went in I just started crying and my teammates started crying too.”
The game paused briefly while Irwin was awarded the ball and a bouquet of flowers. She took a picture with her parents at mid-court before play resumed. After the game Irwin posed for a photo with Jenna Macchi, a 2003 MHS graduate in attendance and the only other MHS girl to score 1,000 points in a career. Only six players in total, including Irwin, have hit the mark and all the names are displayed on a banner in the MHS gym.
The banner will have to add a new name and point total after the season.
“It’s pretty nice to know my name will always be up there no matter what,” Irwin said. “At any age, when I come back to Milford it’s going to bring me back to that moment.”
“She means a whole lot to this program,” said MHS head coach T.J. Dolliver. “We have seen such a progression in her game in so many different aspects, she in an inspiration to our entire program and a great kid who has helped us win some big games the past four years.”
Irwin said she is looking into college softball and basketball programs and hopes to decide soon on a place to continue her athletic career. But first, she has a deep tournament run for the Scarlet Hawks on her mind.
“We are going to win some games and probably surprise some people who don’t have us as a favorite,” she said. “It’s going to be fun.”