Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…
The Hiland Lady Hawks play a game late in the season, and dominate play in which the game gets overshadowed by a 1,000-career point scorer reaching that remarkable plateau. Sound familiar?
No, it is not a repeat of the recent story about Kennedy Schlabach achieving that monumental amount of points. Instead, it is the story of her teammate Angela Troyer, who two games later became the 12th Hiland Lady Hawks player to reach the coveted 1,000 career point mark. The sharp-shooting left-hander cruised by the 1,000-career point mark in Hiland’s latest victory and she was quite accurate again, going 5-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line in scoring 15 points to land squarely in that millennial achievement.
Considering that it is quite rare to produce any player with 1,000 points in a career, to have two players do it within a one-week span is an unbelievable accomplishment.
“Angela has done everything we have asked of her over the years, and she definitely deserves to be in that class of players,” said Hiland coach Dave Schlabach. Schlabach said it is a grand achievement considering Troyer didn’t score very much her freshman season. However, her talent was undeniable, even at a young age, and Schlabach noted that they could tell she was going to be a great one. “I’d put her in that Regina Hostetler and Jena Stutzman category, where you just knew she was going to get her points because of her confidence and mentality,” said S. “But what has been impressive is that she has added to her game. She has become a much better passer, rebounds very well and rounded out her game.”
Schlabach said Troyer’s game this season has been one that has been incredibly consistent, night after night. Having that kind of production to count on makes any coach rest easier at night.
For Troyer, the path that brought her into the 1,000-career point club began as a youngster and led her to this moment, and is leading her to continue her career at Ohio Dominion University next fall. It has been a career filled with hard work and an almost magical shooting touch. Schlabach believes that she will step in and immediately help the OD program. “She has worked hard to get to where she is as a player, and she is going to be a kid who steps in and helps them quickly,” Schlabach said of Troyer. “She is a quiet leader but the kids respect her a lot.”