WASHINGTON — Often, a basketball program is referred to as a “family.” And in the case of the Washington Lady Hatchets’ record book and the Hunsinger Family, it really is a family affair.
Ally Hunsinger scored 25 points, in the process joining her sister Katie in the Lady Hatchet 1,000 point club, as Washington rang in 2014 with a 51-26 win over North Daviess at the Hatchet House on Thursday.
Hunsinger came into the contest needing 24 points to become the fifth Lady Hatchet to tally 1,000 points in her career, and with eight minutes to play the senior forward still needed 11 points to reach the coveted mark. But a big fourth quarter netted Hunsinger 12 points, with the 1,000th point coming when Hunsinger sank the first of two free throws with 3.4 seconds left in the contest. Hunsinger got a big hug from her sister after the game, and she said measuring up to Katie, who stands third on the all time Lady Hatchet scoring list with 1,115 points from 2002-05, has long been a goal.
“It’s always been a kind of competition in my family. I’ve always wanted to live up to my sister’s expectations as well, I wanted to get to where she was because I’ve always looked up to her,” said Hunsinger. “This shows that I did that. And also it’s a real honor to be up there with Coach Miles.”
Miles scored 1,588 points from 1994-1997, a figure which stands second only to Julie Helm’s 2,236 points from 1992-95 (Rochelle Padgett is fourth on the list with 1,037 points from 1990-93). Now Miles the 1,000-point scorer has coached a 1,000-point scorer in Hunsinger.
“I think this is just a huge accomplishment for Ally, it’s well deserved. These are the types of kids as coaches, they work hard, and not just in season. Ally has a passion for basketball and a passion for being competitive,” said Miles. “The game that she has taken herself to is not just between October and February. She’s put many years, many hours in the gym on her own, outside of practice. It’s also a credit to her family too. Any time you have a huge record like that it also comes back to all the time your parents puts in to get you places and to work with you.”