The path to becoming a 1,000-point scorer in high school began early for Estherville Lincoln Central's Allie Sievert.
Needing just 117 points to achieve the milestone at the start of the 2012-13 season, the senior knew it was within reach.
"I thought about it at the beginning of the season and it was a goal of mine," she admits.
Estherville Lincoln Central Allie Sievert scores her 1,000 career point with a free throw in the Dec. 14 home game between the Midgets and Cherokee.
Entering the Dec. 14 home game against Cherokee, Allie needed 18 points to reach the mark. She accomplished the feat with a three-point play after grabbing an offensive rebound. She finished with 23 points that night.
Following a 22-point effort against Spirit Lake on Dec. 21, Allie now needs 131 points to surpass the ELC girls' five-player career points leader, Christa Clayton. Clayton holds the school record with 1,158 points.
While she admits that's another nice goal, it's second to the team's success.
But as with most players, her love of basketball began early with her family.
"I'm sure my dad had me playing with a basketball when I was around six," she said. "I remember going to Iowa Lakes camps where the older kids helped out."
She, along with sister Casey and other current seniors, first started playing with a girls team in Armstrong before forming their own team. The Mini-Midgets, as they named themselves, also included current ELC seniors Emily Kirchner, Sara Heywood, Macy Dahl and Maggie McCauley.
Allie said the scoring was pretty equal between depending on whom the team played.
"Emily and Sara would get a lot of steals," she said.
Allie remembers a rivalry with a Blue Earth Team in which they battled back and forth with the ELC girls winning the season finale.
When she reached high school as a freshman, Allie, along with Sara and Emily, all started immediately on a team that had just two seniors, Kelsie McCauley and Liz Humble.
The adjustment to varsity basketball wasn't difficult for Allie or her classmates.
"I got used to it pretty fast because I had to," she said. "I also liked playing with the older girls."
While that team didn't make it to the state tournament, Allie was one of the leading scorers during each of the Midgets' trips to Des Moines in 2011 and 2012.
For her, one of the most memorable games was the overtime game to make it to the state tournament in 2011. Sara made a deep 3-pointer against Kuemper Catholic to reach overtime where the Midgets prevailed.
A second highlight was the run to the state championship game that year.
"We weren't close to being a ranked tam and we beat the second-ranked team (in Class 2A-Roland-Story, 36-24)," Allie said.
That was in the semifinal. In the title game, the Midgets fell to top-ranked Battle Creek-Ida Grove.
Allie points to last season's overtime loss to Bishop Heelan as another memorable game for her-a contest where she scored 30 points and pulled down 22 rebounds.
Allie's family has provided constant support in various ways throughout the years.
Allie says her dad Jeff, who helped coach her youth teams, gave her some tips or tricks after each contest.
Older brother Dylan also gives her advice on how to improve like "driving to the basket more," she said.
Meanwhile mom Jennifer mostly offers encouragement, she added.
Allie's enjoyed watching her twin sister Casey's progress this year also.
"She's really stepped up this year," she said.
Allie said the sisters do get after each other. "But we always encourage each other while playing."
Allie also gives credit to her teammates and coaches for reaching the milestone.
"I couldn't have gotten 1,000 points without them," she said.
Allie said the girls get after each other in practice to get better.
"But we all have different styles and get along well together," she said.
Teammate Emily Kirchner may have a chance at reaching the 1,000-point milestone this year also. She currently has 844 career points through December.
"I'd be really happy if Emily got 1,000 points too," said Allie.
Next year, Allie plans to attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D. and play basketball for the Vikings. Augustana is currently ranked No. 6 in the Division II women's basketball poll.
For now, the Midgets' goals are a return to the state tournament and trying to win a state title that has eluded them thus far.
Allie's final words of thanks are for the others who helped her along the way.
"I'd like to thank the coaches Steve Loy, Brad Leonard and Tony Klein, along with the Daily News, KILR radio and the community," she said. "And also the student support, especially the last couple years. We really appreciate it."
|Allie Sievert career scoring statistics through December 2012|
|Year||G||Pts||Pts/G||FGM||FGA||FG%||3PTM||3PTA||3 %||FTM||FTA||FT %|
|*Stats through Dec. 21, 2012|