With eight minutes remaining in Friday night’s regional semifinal game, it seemed time was running out for Staci Hasler to move into a coveted place in Sheboygan Falls’ girls basketball history.
The second-seeded Falcons trailed No. 7-seed Columbus by one point after a neck-and-neck race over the first three quarters. And Hasler, who came into the game needing 11 points to break the 1,000 career point milestone — and become only the second Falls girls player ever to do so — had just seven points under her belt.
The Falcons needed help. Appropriately enough, Hasler provided it.
The senior dumped in nine of the Falcons’ final 12 points — finishing with 16 points on the night and 1,005 in her career — and Falls walked away with a 43-41 win over the Cardinals.
“I’m happy that she got the 1,000 points,” Falls coach Leroy Hamilton said after the game. “… But I think she was a bit nervous, because I think she wanted it over with.
“It’s an accomplishment.”
Hasler’s teammates rewarded her with the game ball, and they all signed and gave her another ball, Hamilton said. Her reaction: tears.
“She just cried,” Hamilton said, noting he could tell the pressure was off her shoulders by the end of the game.