Notre Dame signee Jackie Young became the fifth Indiana high school basketball player — boy or girl — to eclipse 3,000 career points on Wednesday night.
Young, a 5-11 guard from Princeton, Community, needed 19 points to cross the milestone entering the game against Vincennes Lincoln and hit the magic number in the third quarter. She finished with 39 points and now has 3,020.
She also moved closer to becoming the state’s all-time leading scorer for girls basketball. Only 2002 Wawasee graduate Shanna Zolman is ahead of her with 3,085 points.
When she ultimately passes Zolman, barring injury, the overall record is not far off.
Hoosiers legend Damon Bailey scored 3,134 for Bedford North Lawrence. Marion Pierce scored 3,019 for Lewisville in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Deshaun Thomas, who graduated from Fort Wayne Bishop Luers in 2010, posted 3,018 before going to Ohio State.
Young is ranked as the No. 3 player at her position and No. 11 player overall in the Class of 2016 by ESPNw’s HoopGurlz rankings.
“Most people have a first or second gear,” Princeton coach Charles Mair recently told the Indianapolis Star. “She’s one of the few who can kick it in a third — or even a fourth — gear. Once she takes over a game, I just sit there and I’m a fan.”