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By LuAnn Schindler
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Koenig joins the 1,000 point club

Ewing senior currently 7th on all-time scoring list

 

February 13, 2020

For years to come, Ashley Koenig has secured a spot in Ewing and Summerland basketball record books.

Koenig needed four points to hit the 1,000 point mark.

With 6:13 left in the second quarter of Saturday's Niobrara Valley Conference consolation game, Koenig put back a rebound from a missed Hadley Cheatum shot.

The rest, as the saying goes, is history.

The Bobcats outlasted a comeback from a scrappy Boyd County team, winning 44-41.

Koenig knew she was close to reaching the mark, but didn't feel any pressure.

"I knew that as long as I went out and played my game just like normal, I would be able to achieve it," she said.

Koenig scored 16 points in the win, placing her seventh on the all-time scoring list for Ewing and first for Summerland.

She knows it wasn't an easy accomplishment.

"It took a lot of hard work and trust in my TeamMates to be able to achieve such a prestigious honor," she said.

Head Coach Greg Appleby said Koenig would be the first one to thank her TeamMates and credit them for her success.

"This is a great accomplishment for her, and for our team, as this never would have happened without having great TeamMates and playing on some very good teams," he added.

By the middle of her freshman season, Koenig started for the Ewing Lady Tigers.

Her floor play, knowledge of the game and shooting have improved.

LuAnn Schindler

Record book • Summerland basketball player Ashley Koenig broke the 1,000 point barrier in Saturday's game. She, along with teammates and coaches, celebrate Saturday's third place finish in the Niobrara Valley Conference consolation game.

"I have spent a lot of time to get good arch and to make sure I finish the shot. I have also got stronger and more confident as I've played. I can shoot from just about anywhere, but my game is driving," she said.

"I am good at getting to the hoop and attempting to draw a foul or shoot a shot two feet from the bucket," Koenig said.

Where Koenig ends on the list of eight players who have reached 1,000 points will depend on how far Summerland goes in post-season play.

She is 83 points away from moving into the sixth spot.

For now, though, concentrating on the task at hand is her main focus.

"We definitely have some good competition coming up this next week, but I know that my team is capable of great things," she said. "If we play our game, and play together there aren't many teams that would be able to stop us."

 

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