Koppinger reaches 1,000 as Knights roll

It came a game later than Ashley Koppinger would have liked, but the Our Redeemer’s star serendipitously reached her milestone in a more desirable setting.

The University of Mary-bound guard did the most damage in the Knights’ 62-46 handling of North Shore on Thursday night at ORCS, tallying 23 points on Senior Night – the first of which put her at 1,000 points in her career.

“I was really hoping to get (1,000 points) last game, but I was just one point short,” said Koppinger, who is playing volleyball at Mary. “But to get it on Senior Night is even better.”

The Knights (14-5), who were in control the entire contest, bid adieu to five of their seniors in the regular-season finale which saw Koppinger go to work immediately.

She scored 16 points in the first half, six of them during a 20-second span on three field goals. After the short run the Knights led by 20, then proceeded to play a grip of reserves the rest of the way.

“It was a good tribute to (Koppinger),” ORCS coach Kory Nelson said. “It was nice to play all five seniors, too.”

Seniors Billie Bangen (9 points), Emily VanLith (7), Stephanie Jesperson (4) and Katie Folden aided Koppinger in their final home contest.

It was eighth-grader Morgan Olson who joined Koppinger in double figures, though, tallying 13 points and hitting back-to-back 3-pointers in the second half to give ORCS a 24-point lead.

North Shore chipped away at the Knights’ lead in the fourth quarter, outscoring ORCS 17-9 in the frame. Cassandra Bailey (14 points) and Trisha Howell (10) paced the Wildcats.

ORCS begins District 12 tournament play next Friday against Surrey.