Con­away joins 1,000-point Club

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

PRINCESS ANNE — North Dorch­ester High ju­nior Ja­maya Con­away reached the 1,000-point ca­reer mile­stone on Thurs­day, Feb. 9, at Wash­ing­ton.

PRINCESS ANNE — When North Dorch­ester High ju­nior Ja­maya Con­away took the court Thurs­day, Feb. 9, at Wash­ing­ton High, she faced Jaguar sopho­more Da’Na­sia Roberts, who has al­ready sur­passed the 1,000-point ca­reer-scor­ing mark.

Con­away reached the 1,000-point ca­reer mile­stone late in the first quar­ter yes­ter­day, when she hit a run­ner in the lane, part of a team-high 19-point, 21-re­bound per­for­mance that wasn’t enough for the Ea­gles dur­ing a 66-30 loss. Roberts led Wash­ing­ton with 39 points.

“It was re­ally neat go­ing up against Da’Na­sia,” Con­away said. “She is a great player, and it was great to say I hit 1,000 points in a game against an­other 1,000-point scorer.”

Con­away joins her cousin, Tif­fany Cephas, who reached the 1,000-point mile­stone more than a decade ago at North Dorch­ester.

“It is amaz­ing and a bless­ing to watch Ja­maya,” said Cephas, an as­sis­tant coach for the Ea­gles. “I’m re­ally proud of her. She de­serves ever y bit of it.

“She puts her team first,” Cephas added. “She is a great girl, a great team­mate, and a great leader.”

Con­away said join­ing Cephas in the 1,000-point club was a big mo­ti­va­tor for her to im­prove her game.

“I re­ally look up to her,” she said. “It is a big honor to be up there with her. She has helped me a lot with my game. It is great play­ing for her.

“I’ve been work­ing hard since I was a fresh­man at get­ting bet­ter,” Con­away added. “I’m blessed to have a great group of team­mates. It is al­ways fun play­ing with them. We’ve had a lot of re­ally good games this year. They have helped me be­come a bet­ter player.”

Ten points shy of the mile­stone, Con­away opened the game with a jumper. Af­ter two free throws by To­nia Cephas, Con­away scored three con­sec­u­tive bas­kets to give the Ea­gles a 10-5 lead.

The Jaguars went on a 9-2 run to take a 1412 lead. Roberts scored five points dur­ing the stretch, in­clud­ing a three-pointer.

Con­away came right back by loft­ing a ga­me­ty­ing run­ner down the lane for her 1,000th ca­reer point.

“It is pretty spe­cial to see,” North Dorch­ester head coach Dave Mor­ris­sette said. “She has been our of­fense this year. She has scored the ma­jor­ity of our points. She is our main re­bounder.

“To­day, she had to play point guard,” he added. “She does any­thing I ask of her. She is a great player that way.”

With the clock wind­ing down in the first quar­ter, Ni­cole Waples hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give North Dorch­ester (4-15) a 17-14 lead.

“We played a great first quar­ter,” Mor­ris­sette said. “The team came out with a lot of en­ergy. Ja­maya is a great leader, and the team plays hard. Once we got into some foul trou­ble, Wash­ing­ton be­gan to pull away.”

When the se­cond quar­ter be­gan, Roberts and the Jaguars quickly took the lead and put the game away. Wash­ing­ton (7-10) outscored the Ea­gles 41-6 in the se­cond and third quar­ters to take a 60-23 lead. Fol­low Caroline/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester’s Ja­maya Con­away hits a run­ner in the lane Thurs­day against Wash­ing­ton. Con­away had a team-high 19 points and reached the 1,000-point mile­stone for her ca­reer.

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