Teresa Parker began the season on a high note.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball player hopes to finish an octave higher.
Parker became the eighth girl in school history to reach 1,000 career points. She joins (Julie Redebaugh (1,165), Heather Neznik (1,619), Brianna Biebighauser (1,807), Cassie Evenson (1,378), Angie Evenson (1,148), Mary Koch (1,760) and Julie Van Nest (1,316).
Parker, a four-year varsity veteran and captain of the Patriots, recorded the milestone by scoring 21 points in a 56-46 victory against Mid-State Conference opponent Staples-Motley Dec. 4. It was Pequot's first game of the season.
"If anything it made me realize how much I love all of my teammates and classmates for making such a huge deal out of it," Parker said.
The 6-foot-1 post player teamed with fellow junior Flecia Foster as the top scoring duo in the area last season. Foster is 32 points away from reaching 1,000. The bond they've formed has helped each other and the team.
"That bond has been built up since third and fourth grade," said Pequot coach Bill Larson. "They won the state tournament together as a sixth-grade traveling team. That's when they started looking for each other."
Another thing helping Parker is the passing of knowledge from one dominant post player to the other.
Neznik, a member of Pequot's last state tournament team, took Julie Redebaugh under her wing and helped with her transition to varsity basketball. Larson said Redebaugh did the same thing for Parker. Now Parker is doing her part.
"Teresa is now working with the younger girls and hopefully that cycle continues," said Larson. "She welcomes, more than any other player I've had, helping younger players become better. She wants to see the program improve."
Last spring Parker finished second in the discus at the Class 1A track and field meet. Larson said her natural athletic ability carries over to basketball.
"She is by far an extremely wonderful athlete," said Larson. "She can shoot, dribble, has great hands. She plays a lot during the winter season, the summer season and with the North Tartan AAU team."
Parker believes her biggest improvement is her basketball knowledge. In the S-M game, Parker reached 1,000 in the third quarter despite three fouls. She finished the game collecting just one more foul.
"The only thing I can do, really, is play strong," said Parker. "There is going to be a lot of banging around underneath the basket."
Parker added 18 points in a 50-36 win over Litchfield Dec. 7. Her leadership, her bond with Foster, the addition of Chelsea Schwegel from Pine River-Backus, the improvement of Mandie Roggenkamp and the rest of the Patriots has Parker looking at another state trip.
Larson thinks she's the one to help Pequot back to state.
"You can't ask for anything more in a captain," said Larson. "She's a very positive person and such a good competitor. She has a good spirit. Any time you have that in a program you want to feed off it."
Other notable performances:
Basketball -- Lindsey Green, Lake Region, scored 26 points against Verndale.
Becky Korf, Pierz, recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds and five steals against Milaca.
Emily Stumpf, Pierz, scored 20 points against Mora.
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