Points galore for this Wildcat


Jake LePrevost had a big test Friday night, needing 32 points to become the latest 1,000-point scorer for Lee High School.

It wasn't the only test he had to take that day.

"It actually worked out kind of well, because I had tests in about every class, because it was right before vacation," LePrevost said. "I had big tests in physics and calculus. The tests kind of made the day go by faster, because I was doing that and not just sitting there thinking about [the 1,000 points]."

We don't know how he did on his classroom tests, but LePrevost aced his basketball one. The Lee senior scored 32 points to become a 1,000-point scorer. That accomplishment helped LePrevost win this week's balloting in the Eagle's Player of the Week contest.

The Wildcat guard said at the time it was a blessing to get his 1,000 points. Two days later, LePrevost still feels that way. It was, he said, very nice to get it now rather than having it linger into the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament, which coach Dan Korte's Wildcats have qualified for.

"It's a big weight off my shoulders," LePrevost said. "Now we can just go out every game and just focus on winning, and not have that in the back of my mind."

LePrevost needed 32 points to get to 1,000 and his 3-point basket with around two minutes remaining gave him the 32 he needed.

If LePrevost scores four points in Tuesday's Senior Night game against Mount Everett, he will pass Lee's Don Lucy on the all-time scoring list. The all-time boys basketball scoring leader at Lee is Johnny Walker with 1,342 points.

There was one roadblock toward getting his 1,000 last Friday night. Lenox held him scoreless in the first quarter and he had just six points at halftime.

"That was kind of running through my head," he said. "It was tough. Lenox was playing a lot of defense on me. The outlook was kind of bleak. I was just kind of hoping for the best."

He got the 1,000 and with one regular-season game to spare. Once the Everett game is over, the Wildcats can switch into tournament mode.

If the Wildcat boys can get to a Western Mass. final, they'll probably be thinking the third time is the charm. Lee is looking to get to a third title game since 2002. Lee lost to Frontier Regional in 2002 and lost to St. Joseph last year. LePrevost was on the bench as a freshman when the Wildcats lost to the Crusaders in the 2010 semifinal round.

LePrevost and Heamon Williams are the two key returnees from a team that lost the majority of its starters to graduation. It was, LePrevost said, a bit of a letdown not to win the title in 2012. But it has driven the Wildcats to where they are today.

"It was a big change because five seniors graduated and it was just me and Heamon left," said LePrevost. "We put in a lot of work over the summer. I played AAU basketball in the spring. We were in the gym a lot over the summer. It was the driving force, remembering that game, and trying to get back there this year."

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