Catonsville senior Jasmine Dickey knew her points were piling up, but she had no idea last week how close she was to 2,000. She was too focused on leading the defending Class 4A champion Comets girls basketball team back to the state Final Four.
She didn’t even know she reached the milestone in Thursday’s 56-54 win over No. 5 Howard in the sectional final. Coach Mike Mohler told her Saturday after the No. 4 Comets won the regional championship at Paint Branch.
“I knew I was close to it,” Dickey said. “Coach Mike told me, ‘Oh yeah, you got 2,000 points,’ and he announced it to everybody, but I didn’t know I had it. It was pretty cool because I know not a lot of people get it. I was just like, ‘Wow, that’s pretty cool.’ I think I was in shock.”
Dickey becomes only the 10th girl in the history of Baltimore high school basketball to reach the 2,000-point milestone. She also broke the Baltimore County public school record of 1,993 set by Milford Mill’s Dionna White in 2014.
“My phone’s been blowing up,” Dickey said with a laugh Sunday. “A lot of people were really proud of me and telling me, ‘Good job. That’s what hard work gets you.’ I’ve just been taking it all in and I’ve been congratulating my team members and my coaches, because they helped me along the way to get where I am now, so a big thanks to them as well.”
Dickey, a two-time All-Metro first-team player, has been the engine that drives the Comets (22-3), averaging 19.5 points and 10.3 rebounds as they prepare for Thursday’s 3 p.m. state semifinal against Bethesda-Chevy Chase at Towson University’s SECU Arena.
“She’s at a different level,” Mohler said. “Her motor is unbelievable. She’s just always, always, always at a high level. … And so many of the games we’ve played she hasn’t come close to playing a full game, but even saying that, she’s done it in the big games. The higher-level competition games seem to bring out the best in her. I’m just happy for her because she deserves this. She’s such a great kid.”
In three playoff games last week, Dickey scored 88 points and had 59 rebounds as the Comets beat No. 9 Western, Howard and Paint Branch to win the regional title. In the win over Howard, she scored 16 of her 25 points in the final 13 minutes. In the 61-47 win over Western, she had 35 points and 28 rebounds, including all 12 of her team’s points in a 12-1 run late in the fourth quarter.
“We know we can depend on Jasmine for big buckets,” Comets senior Jameila Barrett said. “We know if we execute effectively and we run our plays, we can get her the ball and she can also get other people open and then it just opens up the game for the entire team.”
While Dickey is more of a natural guard at 5-foot-10, her athleticism can overwhelm opponents inside. She loves to attack the basket. She said she grew up in the post playing at the Bentalou Recreation Center against boys. She laughed when she said she wouldn’t put the ball on the ground for the first two years with the Maryland Lady Tigers Amateur Athletic Union team.
Although she’ll take a short jumper if she’s open, she’s looking to drive and get to the free-throw line. In last year’s state final, a 49-46 win over Walt Whitman, she scored 18 of her 30 points from the line.
Now Dickey, who will play next year at Delaware, wants to put one more stamp on her career — and those of her teammates: a second straight state title.
“It’s definitely hard to get back here,” Dickey said. “Everybody’s very excited and everybody wants to continue to keep winning. We just don’t want to stop. That’s our main goal right now, just don’t stop, keep putting the pedal to the metal and just keep working hard, because we don’t want our season to end now or ever. It went by way too fast.”
Mohler, who earned his 500th career win in 24 years at Catonsville last week, would agree.
“She brings it every single day. She doesn’t take a practice off. She doesn’t take a play off in practice. I force her out sometimes to take a break,” Mohler said. “She’s such a great example to kids who want to be really good. It’s so easy to sit there and say, ‘You know why Jasmine’s really good? Have you ever noticed her take any play off? Have you ever seen her say a cross word to anybody? You ever see her blame anybody?’ She brings such a great example and you say, ‘That’s a pretty good kid to follow right there.’ ”
Baltimore-area girls basketball 2,000-point scorers
2,586: Curly Jones, Arlington Baptist (1988)
2,516: Tori Harrison, Towson Catholic (1983)
2,262: Patty Dages, Brooklyn Park (1983)
2,252: Chandrea Jones, IND (2005)
2,241: Taylor Murray, Annapolis Area Christian (2014)
2,157: Mackenzie DeWees, Manchester Valley (2018)
2,085: Alex McGuire, Arundel (2005)
2,064: Dayna Scott, Southern-AA (1985)
2,056: Marah Strickland, St. John’s-CP/Towson Catholic (2007)
2,038: Jasmine Dickey, Catonsville (Active, 2018)