Coal Ridge’s Wiescamp becomes school’s first female hoopster to reach 1,000-point mark
Coal Ridge High School senior basketball player Taylor Wiescamp figured from the start of this truncated season in January that she’d need to score 20 points per game to reach the 1,000-point career mark.
It wouldn’t be easy, with only 14 games on the schedule and 234 points to go — and always the possibility of a canceled game or more due to COVID-19 quarantine protocols.
Team was the main focus, though, and she wasn’t going to dwell on it if it didn’t happen.
But it all came down to the regular season finale on Saturday at the Coal Ridge gym against league rival Roaring Fork to hold onto third place in the always-tough 3A Western Slope League.
Not only did they get the win in impressive fashion, trouncing the Rams 62-17, Wiescamp reached that magical four-digit number after four years on the varsity squad.
“I knew it would be very difficult, but I did believe it was possible and I tried my best every game to get there,” Wiescamp said Tuesday a few hours before the Lady Titans squared off at home against Ellicott in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.
“I needed 29 points in that (Roaring Fork) game, so I knew it was possible, but not easy,” she said.
Coach Clyde Morgan didn’t let the rest of the team in on the milestone their senior leader was about to achieve until she was five points away, Wiescamp said.
“I had some of the best passes I’ve ever gotten all year,” she said. “My teammates really helped me to get to that goal.”
When those final two points came on a layup late in the game, the officials stopped the game and Wiescamp was honored with a special placard acknowledging her achievement and a big hug from her coach, teammates and family.
“After I hit it, I sat out the rest of the game. It was pretty emotional,” Wiescamp said.
Wiescamp, a multi-sport athlete who recently signed to play volleyball for Northeastern Junior College, with her 18 points in the opening round of the playoffs Tuesday night, becomes the first Lady Titan to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. Three members of the boys basketball team have done it — Hunter Gerber and Brandon Herrera in 2017 and Kevin DiMarco in 2019.
Once basketball season is over, Wiescamp looks forward to her senior volleyball season. Instead of the usual fall schedule, volleyball is to be played in the COVID-altered Season C beginning later this month.
“Honestly, I love all the sports I play, but I do love volleyball a little more,” she admitted. “When it’s basketball season, though, I just block everything else out and concentrate on that.”
Wiescamp is also a thrower during track and field season, which this year will take place in Season D in May and June.
Her mother, Bobbi Wiescamp, is an English teacher and academic coach at Coal Ridge.
“As a huge fan of basketball and supporter of female athletes, I think it’s really important to show other little girls that big goals can be accomplished,” Bobbi said. “Coal Ridge has steadily been building a women’s basketball program, so this accomplishment is also shared with a very supportive team.”
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