WARREN, Pa. – With the swish of the net on a 3-pointer in the second quarter, Warren’s Riley Childress joined the prestigious 1,000-point club.
The senior point guard accomplished the milestone in Friday’s 74-9 win over Jamestown in the opening round of the 9th annual Lady Dragons’ tip-off tournament. And it was fitting that senior classmate Emma Ruhlman assisted on the milestone bucket after Childress dished to Ruhlman for her the shot to put Ruhlman over 1,000 points last season.
“I was excited,” Childress said. “I’m glad Emma got it before me so I could celebrate it with her first. Tonight it was my turn.”
Re-watch the game here, including Childress’ full postgame interview beginning at 1:36:20.
Together, the duo has played integral roles in a pair of District 10 championships, and the Lady Dragons hope Friday was the first step this season toward a potential third in four years.
Ruhlman was on the bench moments before saddled with three fouls, but quickly re-entered to have her piece of Childress’ milestone points.
“Riley made the shot (to get to 15 points, 1 away from 1,000) and I turned to my mom and was like, okay can I go in?” Ruhlman said with a laugh. “We did what was working and I skipped it to her and she made the shot.”
Childress scored 12 points in the first quarter and played harassing defense forcing numerous Jamestown turnovers.
“It was a good day for the program,” said Warren coach Lisa LaVan. “What was cool was Margo (Loutzenhiser) was here, our all-time leading scorer, Jaimie Eaton was here, Paige Wilson was here, so I think that was pretty cool. And it shows you what our program is about. We’ve always been there for each other and that makes me smile. It’s pretty cool stuff (in reference to having coached seven 1,000-point scorers).”
Childress finished with 21 points to lead the way, while Ruhlman had 19. Gracie Ruhlman had seven points and Halle Kuzminski and Alyssa Farr six each.
The Lady Dragons face Maplewood tonight in the championship game at 7:30 p.m.
“They’re tough, they’re grinders and they like to shoot threes,” LaVan said. “It’s going to be a grind. We have to come ready to play and play tough.”