By Joshua Koch
HOUSTON – Fourteen points.
That’s all that stood between North Shore senior Chasity Patterson and high school basketball immortality – reaching 3,000 points for her career – on Tuesday night.
Just two points away, it was inevitable that the mark would be reached.
Then it happened.
Bringing the ball up the court in the opening minutes of the second quarter, Patterson was determined to make this the moment. The University of Texas commit worked the ball into the right corner, tried to drive down the baseline but was met by a double team immediately.
Backing it down, Patterson worked the ball back to the right wing, worked around a screen set by Kiera Polart, freeing her for a shot from just inside the free-throw line.
Patterson buried it for point No. 3,000 of her career.
“It was a big moment for me,” Patterson said. “I just wanted to thank everyone that supported me. Because without them I wouldn’t get here, without the hard work and everyone that pushed me to get here. It was a big moment, I give all the glory to God.”
By then end of the night, Patterson finished with 26 points, putting her at 3,012 points in her career.
Thus far in her senior campaign, Patterson has not failed to eclipse the double-digit mark, breaking past 30 points 11 times, and 40 points on five occasions, with her season high coming against Cy Woods, when she scored 49.
The journey to 3,000 points didn’t start this season but rather when Patterson averaged 17.6 points per game as a freshman.
Getting to this mark is a sign of consistency, North Shore coach Allison Campbell said and Patterson has done just that for four-straight seasons.
“What it means is the consistency of your scoring over four years has to be incredible,” she said. “What she has done, her average started around 17 as a freshman, 21 as a sophomore, 24 as a junior and 29 this season; that’s what it takes. I mean it’s pretty incredible. It’s (averaging) 750 points a year. It’s not going to be that but it’s incredible.”
Chasity Patterson Scoring By Year
Freshman – 580 points – 17.6 PPG
Sophomore – 719 points – 20.5 PPG
Junior – 932 points – 24.5 PPG
Senior – 781 points – 28.9 PPG
TOTAL – 3,012 POINTS