Brooke Basinger’s 1,000 Point Milestone


Friday January 9th wasn’t just an ordinary game day for Brooke Basinger, it was the day she would reach the biggest milestone set by a Lady Wolverine in Woodgrove basketball history by scoring 1,000 points in a career. She would go on to reach this goal against the team’s biggest rival, Loudoun County High School.

Coming into the game, Basinger only needed seven more points to reach the mark. As the game started, Basinger had six quick points. With eleven seconds left in the first half, Basinger got fouled by County’s senior guard, Taylor Tibbits. It wasn’t just an ordinary free throw, it was the one that would crush all records. Running to the free throw line, teammate Jordan Wick gave her some encouraging words.

“You have done this thousands of times, don’t miss this one.”

As Basinger swished the free throw, the whole crowd went ballistic. Head coach Kevin Copley took a timeout as soon as she sank the free throw. Her teammates congratulated her, and she received some bittersweet hugs from head coach Kevin Copley and assistant coach Bill Reynolds, who have been her coaches since she was a freshman.

As well as her teammates, Brooke’s whole family was there to enjoy this pristine moment. Her older sister, Brittany Basinger, a standout soccer player for Woodgrove and now Penn State, her parents Jeff and Jackie, her uncle, and her grandfather were all in attendance. Brooke also played basketball with her older sister Brittany for two years at Woodgrove. Playing alongside her sister has been the most memorable part of her journey.

“Playing with her during my freshman and sophomore year created memories that I will never forget. Although all the wins and the state runs that we had in those two years were incredible, I was able to experience more than just basketball, I learned how to become a leader on and off the court.”

Basinger has proved her role as a leader on and off the court. On the court, Basinger has led her team to multiple winning seasons, and even a few trips to the state tournament.

Basinger also hopes to make an impact as she continues her basketball career on to college. Recently verbally committing to Christopher Newport University, Basinger has set high goals for herself. She hopes that “hard work will help to get me playing time and possibly a start as a freshman.” Basinger hopes that she can lead her team to a national championship as well.

Off the court, Basinger is a standout student. As president of the Varsity Club, Brooke devotes her time reading and helping out elementary students, as well as the special needs students at Woodgrove. Basinger enjoys working with special needs students, and she often invites them to escort her to team dinners and games.

Basinger describes her teammates as sisters who support her no matter what.

“Over the past four years, I couldn’t have asked for better teammates. I wouldn’t change a single thing about them. They are all my best friends, and the friendships that I have made over the last four years will last a lifetime.”