When Mackenzie Taylor is on, she’s on.
The Richmond High School junior hit 12 total 3-pointers during this past weekend’s Columbus North Invitational, and one in particular was special.
Taylor reached — and quickly surpassed — the 1,000-point milestone.
“It was really nice coming back from knee surgery,” said Taylor, who was sidelined to start the season. “I knew I was close.”
Taylor got within 33 after scoring 31 in a victory last Monday over Eaton.
She added 24 in Friday’s 57-49 loss to Notre Dame Academy (Ky.) in the opening round of the Columbus North Invitational.
She hit six 3s that game and followed that performance with six more in a 37-point performance against Dayton Chaminade-Julienne in a 64-61 Richmond victory.
“My teammates got me open. I guess I was shooting and the shots fell in,” Taylor said.
Lisa Shepherd is Richmond’s all-time leading scorer, male or female, with 2,140 points.
Taylor is the fifth Red Devil to reach 1,000 in girls basketball: Lisa’s sister, Stacie Shepherd finished with 1,926 points, followed by Angela Willis (1,225) and Monique Walls (1,048).
“I knew that she got it and we took a timeout to recognize her,” Richmond coach Casey Pohlenz said. ” … It’s huge for her, it’s a great milestone. She’s still got a lot, lot, lot of basketball left. I’m looking forward to that, too.”
The Red Devils had their hands full with tough competition at Columbus, where they went 1-2 to finish sixth.
They concluded the stay with an 81-57 loss to Milwaukee Rufus King, where Taylor added six points in limited time.
“We got what we needed out of (the tournament) as far as experience and getting tested, being pushed and we responded,” Pohlenz said. “We were down 13 in the third of the game we won before our defense picked up and we started rolling.”
Pohlenz said the Red Devils had many players miss time with injuries, but all should be ready to play Friday as they travel to Mt. Vernon in Fortville.
The Marauders went 23-4 last year, winning the IHSAA Class 3A state title.
They are in Class 4A this year, due to the success factor.
“It’ll be a real challenging stretch, and that’s what we need to get better,” Pohlenz said.