Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball player Emily Simon now finds herself among elite company.
On Jan. 15, the senior guard became only the second player in program history to reach 1,000 career points, joining 2008 graduate Carmen Reynolds. Reynolds, who finished with 1,085 points, went on to play for the University of Michigan.
Simon reached the milestone by making a free throw with 6 minutes, 12 seconds remaining in a 54-28 home win over Pickerington North. It was her 10th and final point of the game.
"It was a cool day at school (Jan. 16) with everyone saying congratulations and just acknowledging the fact of how proud they are of me and how cool it is to get 1,000 points," said Simon, who has committed to play for the University of Charleston. "It's only happened ... one other time in school history."
Play was stopped momentarily for the announcement of the milestone and Simon was presented a commemorative ball. After the contest, she received flowers for her accomplishment.
The game also was special for coach Joy Taylor, who collected her 100th win with the program.
"That was really awesome," Simon said of sharing the special night with her coach. "She's been a great advocate for me the past four years. I could not have done it without her. I'm really proud of her. It was so special to do it on the same night. I was really happy for both of us."
Taylor, who is in her ninth season with the Wildcats, was 100-102 entering a contest against Olentangy Liberty on Jan. 22.
"I had no idea that was happening, so of course I'm proud of it and it's been nice to have (assistant) coach (John) Klie with me the whole time," said Taylor, who previously coached at Loudonville, where she went 75-75 in seven seasons.
The Wildcats had a 10-game winning streak snapped with a 61-43 loss to visiting Dublin Coffman on Jan. 17.
Audrey Kaufman led Davidson with 14 points and Simon scored 13. Jacy Sheldon led Coffman with 27 points and reached 2,000 points for her career.
Davidson was 13-4 overall before playing Liberty and is 4-3 in the OCC-Central Division.
Simon had 1,013 career points before facing the Patriots. She also entered the game with a program-record 128 career 3-pointers. The previous mark of 119 was held by 2009 graduate Adele Goodwin.
"She's had a phenomenal career and it's been fun to watch," Taylor said of Simon. "We've loved having her and she's a great leader."
Simon is in her fourth year on varsity, but her freshman season was cut short when she dislocated her kneecap just past the midpoint of the season. She finished that season with 131 points.
"Having only played 14 games, I was on the edge of not being sure if I would get 1,000 points, but my sophomore season I scored 321 and my junior season was 322," Simon said. "It was a good little piggyback on each other. I'm on track this season to getting close to 320 again. It was a bummer missing half of my freshman year, but I definitely bounced back."
Through 17 games, Simon was averaging team highs in points (14.1) and rebounds (8.4) and led the team in steals (48) and blocks (18). Brianna O'Connor was second in scoring, averaging 7.8 points, followed by Kaufman (7.6).
Boys basketball team falls to Shamrocks
The boys basketball team saw its seven-game winning streak end with a 64-54 loss to visiting Coffman on Jan. 18.
Jacob Drees led the Wildcats with 12 points and Gage Keys scored 11.
The Wildcats were 9-3 overall before playing Liberty on Jan. 22 and are 3-3 in the OCC-Central.
Boys bowlers earn first win of season
The boys bowling team earned its first win of the season, defeating Whitehall 1,979-1,742 on Jan. 17 at Ten Pin Alley.
Grayson Holloway led the Wildcats with a 381 two-game series, followed by Brady Ingland (360) and Chase Miles (335).
Davidson was 1-5 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-B Division and 0-2 in the OCC-Central before a match against Pickerington North on Jan. 22.
The girls team was 1-5 overall and in the COHSBC-B and 0-2 in the OCC-Central before the match against North.
Davidson lost to Whitehall 1,535-1,483 on Jan. 17 at Ten Pin Alley.
Molly Cottrill led the Wildcats with a 272, followed by Hannah Mathews (257) and Reilly Wolfinger (254).
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 25 -- At Upper Arlington. The Wildcats lost to the Golden Bears 45-43 on Dec. 14.
Jan. 26 -- Home vs. Centennial
*Jan. 25 -- Home vs. UA. The Wildcats lost to the Golden Bears 51-38 on Dec. 14.
*Jan. 24 -- Bradley at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl
*Jan. 30 -- Pickerington Central at Rule 3
Jan. 29 -- At Thomas Worthington with Bradley and Darby
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 26 -- OCC-Central meet at UA
*Jan. 24 -- At Central Crossing
Jan. 26 -- Rieman Invitational at Delaware