McDowell scores 1,000th point, first in Tecumseh girls basketball history

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KERRY HAMILTON SMITH

Abbie McDowell shooting her 1,000th career point. Photo submitted.

Abbie McDowell made Tecumseh basketball history last week when she scored her 1,000 point. She’s the first Indian lady hoopster to hit the mark.

The senior point guard had been keeping track of her points since she was a freshman, on the advice of her AAU Coach Jibri Taylor. Going into the game at home on Tuesday, Jan. 22 against the Division 2, fifth-ranked, undefeated Chelsea Bulldogs, she knew she needed eight points to hit the mark.

“I wasn’t focused on scoring,” McDowell said, “I was focused on winning.” She hit the milestone bucket in the first quarter and heard cheers from her parents, Mike and Julie McDowell, as well as other fans who knew what she had just accomplished. “Nothing in particular went through my mind,” she said about hitting the shot to make Tecumseh history.

While the Indians hung tough with the Dawgs, they ended up losing by five, 35-30. The Indians had an 11-9 advantage in the first quarter, with McDowell scoring every point. At half time, the Indians led 18-16. Chelsea came back in the third to tie the score at 23 heading into the last quarter. Chelsea’s team, all over six feet tall, were tough to play inside and the girls fell short in the final quarter.

“It was kind of bitter-sweet,” McDowell said. “I really wanted that win.” She will head off in the fall to play, she thinks, as a wing for the University of Detroit Mercy basketball squad, an NCAA D-1 team. During the game, she scored 18 points, grabbed four rebounds and had two assists. Eva Alcock scored four points and had seven rebounds.

On Friday, Jan. 25, the girls had a better outcome against Dexter, beating them 43-36. After trailing by 11 points at halftime, they came out strong and outscored the Dreadnaughts 24-8 in the second half.

“It was a great team effort by all seven players,” said Tecumseh Coach Kristy Zajac. “Everyone made it in the scoring column and contributed to the win. I was very proud of the girls tonight. They fought back and never gave up. It was a huge win for us on the road.”

Alcock and McDowell led the team with 11 points each. Annika Hassenzahl added nine rebounds.

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