Some players either don't actually know or will pretend like they don't know when they're closing in on a milestone, but Jordan D'Ambrosio knew exactly where she stood in her quest to 1,000 career points heading into a recent game against Central League foe Penncrest.
"I knew that I was nine points away from 1,000 going into the game," the Springfield senior said. "My teammates were trying to force me the ball early, and I had to tell them, 'relax, it'll happen.' We were swinging the ball around, and I drove to the basket and got it."
Junior Alyssa Long quickly called timeout after the basket to allow D'Ambrosio a quick moment of celebration. The recent Widener commit went over to her parents, gave them a hug and flowers, and got right back to business as the Cougars cruised to a 58-33 romp of the Lions.
"I didn't realize that I'd be able to get to 1,000 points until the beginning of last year," said D'Ambrosio, who finished with 16 points and three steals against Penncrest. "I really couldn't have done it without my teammates, and I told them that as soon as I got to it. It wouldn't have been possible without their assists and their hard work."
Interestingly enough, D'Ambrosio has traditionally prided herself for her work on the other end of the court. Also a standout soccer player, she's always enjoyed and focused on playing stout defense, a trait that fits right in with the Springfield mindset.
"I pride myself the most on defense," said D'Ambrosio, who played AAU ball locally with the Comets and Wizards.
The senior has a shot to become the program's all-time leading scorer if the Cougars can piece together a nice postseason run. She's within striking distance of Erin Stiteler's 1,194 career points, and with the way Springfield is playing, it's certainly an achievable goal. The Cougars hold a sparkling 12-2 record, including a 9-1 mark in Central League play, and D'Ambrosio sees some similarities between this team and the one that won the District One championship during her sophomore year.
"We're hoping to win the Central League, obviously, and then to do well in districts," D'Ambrosio said. "It's really cool and really fun right now. Everyone's excited. Last year, we lost in the second round of districts, but we won it two years ago and lost in the second round of states. I think we're similar shooting-wise. We're not big, but we have a lot of guards and we play a fast-paced game."
Oh, and they also have the newest member of the 1,000-point club.
Click here to read the Daily Times story on Jordan's big night.
Photo credit: Pete Bannan – DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA