Exactly one week after Little Falls senior Paige Beseman became the sixth player in school history to score 1,000 points in a career for the Flyers girls basketball team, junior Whitney Weisz accomplished the same feat, surpassing the mark during Little Falls’ 61-47 non-conference victory against Bemidji, Tuesday.
Weisz surpassed the 1,000-point mark in the first half of her game-high 23-point performance, becoming the seventh player in school history to score 1,000 points.
“Whitney has clocked many hours in the gym to make this milestone possible,” Flyers coach Deb Yliniemi-Ahlin said. “She knows the paint better than most players and strives to get rebounds for the two-point put back.”
Weisz scored 14 of her 23 points in the second half, Tuesday, as well.
“This young lady is no doubt an asset to the Flyers’ girls basketball team in more ways than just points, she also leads her team in rebounds,” Yliniemi-Ahlin said. “We are very happy for Whitney and accomplishing this goal.”
The feat of Weisz and Beseman both surpassing 1,000-career points within one week of each other is rare in its own right. The players are two of just seven athletes in school history to score 1,000 points for the girls team, and they did it seven days apart.
“Having two 1,000-point scorers on the same team, let alone reach this within a week of each other, is a rare occurrence for teams,” Yliniemi-Ahlin said. “It takes many hours of hard work and sweat, something not all kids are willing to put into their game. I am truly blessed to have these hard-working young ladies on our team.”
In the game, Little Falls led by eight points at halftime and went 10-for-11 from the free-throw line in the second half to close out the game.
Beseman scored 18 points for the Flyers, as well, followed by senior Alyssa Spillum and junior Mariah Burns, who each scored six points.
Little Falls plays at Fergus Falls, Thursday, and hosts St. Cloud Apollo, Saturday, in a pair of Central Lakes Conference games.
Bemidji 23 24 — 47
Little Falls 31 30 — 61
Lumberjacks — Yost: 11 pts.
Flyers — Weisz: 23 pts; Beseman: 18 pts; Burns: 6 pts; Spillum: 6 pts; Emerson: 4 pts; Ploof: 2 pts; Hines: 2 pts.