Newton's Henry sets scor­ing mile­stone

The Covington News - - Front page - Josh Briggs Sports Edi­tor

Newton guard Der­rick Henry scored his 1,500 ca­reer point in the Rams' 6140 win at Langston Hughes Tues­day. His 22 points pro­pelled the Rams to their sev­enth straight re­gion win on the year and 24th straight dat­ing back to 2008.

Henry is the first player un­der cur­rent head coach Rick Ras­mussen to eclipse the 1,500-point mark. The last and only player to top 1,000 dur­ing Ras­mussen's time as ei­ther an as­sis­tant or head coach was Jer­rell Boswell in 2006. Tim Chris­tian is the school's all-time lead­ing scorer.

"Der­rick scor­ing 1,500 points in his ca­reer in only three years start­ing on the var­sity is a tes­ta­ment to his con­sis­tent abil­ity to score and to come to play ev­ery night," Ras­mussen said. "If I knew how good he was go­ing to be when he was a fresh­man, we might be talk­ing about 2,000 points."

Henry, a three-year var­sity starter, is av­er­ag­ing 22 points per game and has av­er­aged 20 for his ca­reer. He tied a ca­reer high with 32 against Luella in last week's 19-point road win.

"From the time he came to us as a fresh­man to where he is now re­flects the work he was put in to his game and to how much he loves bas­ket­ball," Ras­mussen said. "He has im­proved and ma­tured greatly over the past four years and has been a great player for us (at var­sity) for three."

The last time the Rams lost to a re­gion op­po­nent was in the open­ing round of the 2008 re­gion tour­na­ment, Henry's sopho­more sea­son.

"He is one of the top five play­ers in the state in my opin­ion," Ras­mussen said. "You can't mea­sure his heart, lead­er­ship and com­pet­i­tive spirit. He is a big rea­son we are 46-4 the last two sea­sons com­bined. The fact that we lost six se­niors from last year's Fi­nal Four team and we are still play­ing great shows just how good he is."

Henry has at least eight more games to add to that to­tal. The Rams have seven reg­u­lar-sea­son games re­main­ing — six in the re­gion, and a guar­an­teed first round game in the Re­gion 2-AAAAA tour­na­ment. Newton can play a max­i­mum of 33 games this year. In or­der to do that, the Rams would need to make it to the state fi­nal. They played 32 of a pos­si­ble 33 games last year.

"God blessed Der­rick with a great fam­ily with high ex­pec­ta­tions, and I have been truly blessed to coach him for the last four years," Ras­mussen. "He is an ex­tremely fo­cused young man on and off the court, as his 3.9 GPA in AP/Quest classes shows. He has a bright fu­ture ahead of him."

Brit­tany Thomas/The Cov­ing­ton News

Scorer: Newton guard Der­rick Henry scored his 1,500th point of his ca­reer in Tues­day's win at Langston Hughes.

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