Basketball: Lee's Jake LePrevost reaches 1,000 career points
LEE -- Jake LePrevost needed three points, and with two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Lee senior drained a 3-point basket which entered him in the 1,000-point club.
LePrevost needed 32 points to reach 1,000, and that's exactly what he got Friday night as the Wildcats (11-7) beat rival Lenox 72-53.
"I honestly couldn't have asked for anything better," said LePrevost. "The whole town was here. The whole school was here. There was a lot of pressure. Everything was in the right moment."
LePrevost started slowly, scoring only six of his 32 points in the first half. But the Wildcat senior heated up in the second half and got the big shot in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.
"He happened to pop out at the top of the key and knocked down a shot," said Lee coach Dan Korte.
"It felt like a good shot, and it was," said LePrevost. "I was hoping to get it on a three."
It was one of only two 3-point baskets LePrevost made against Lenox. Korte said that while it didn't surprise him that the milestone came on a shot from outside, it could have come from anywhere.
"He's versatile. There are so many ways you could say he would have gotten it," said Korte.
In the game, Lenox went into the locker room with a 32-29 lead.
Lenox coach Scott Sibley has often said this year that the Millionaires have been able to put three good quarters together and have one not-so-good one.
On Friday, the bad quarter came in the third, where the Wildcats outscored Lenox 23-6, and never trailed again.
The Wildcats are in action again today against Drury, and if LePrevost scores four points in the game, he'll pass Don Lucy on the all-time scoring list. Lee High School's career scoring leader is Johnny Walker with 1,342 points.
"Basketball is a big thing in Lee and there have been a lot of great players" on both the boys and girls teams, said LePrevost. "To be on the banner with a lot of great players is a blessing."
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