Ann Poxleitner proved that hard work pays off. Poxleitner, a senior captain for the Kelliher/Northome girls basketball team, reached her longtime goal of scoring 1,000 career points Jan. 28.
Going in to the game, which was against Cass Lake, Poxleitner needed 14 points.
"In the back of my mind, I knew she had a reasonable chance of reaching 1,000 points by the end of the game," Mustang Head Coach Justin Lundin said. "When she came out firing right off the bat, I felt very confident she would be able to reach the goal. I was very surprised and impressed when she did it in the first half."
According to Poxleitner, she has had this goal since starting basketball in third grade. While practicing with her father during her early basketball days, she asked him what the board with the names of those who had scored 1,000 career points in basketball was for. After having he explained it to her, she claimed her name would be added someday.
There have only been two other Kelliher/Northome girls basketball players to have received this honor in the past. Poxleitner feels it is a great honor to achieve this rare accomplishment for the Mustangs.
"I was proud of her," Lundin said. "It is hard to reach a goal that takes years to accomplish. She has persevered all the ups and downs to reach this great accomplishment."
Poxleitner needed 113 points going in to the season to reach 1,000. She averaged 9.2 points per game.
Poxleitner's drive to reach her mark the night she did showed through in how she played.
"Thinking back, I think that that was the best basketball I have ever seen her play. She was truly impressive," Lundin said.
Poxleitner ended up finishing the game with 19 points. She was awarded the game ball, which she gave to her father.
According to Lundin, who has coached Poxleitner for two years, losing her at the end of the season will be difficult.
"It will be hard to see Ann go. Her offense has been a big part of the Mustang team for many years," he said. "In the off season, younger players will have the chance to practice their shooting and step up to fill the offensive void that will be left behind when Ann is gone."