Conaway joins 1,000-point Club
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.
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.