Tiffany Hooker went to school Wednesday at Reservoir High School, and her classmates started telling her how she should score her 1,000th point in the Gators’ girls basketball game later that day.
Hooker would enter the game three points away, and some joked that she should pull up from half court after the tip.
“I told them I didn’t think that was going to happen,” said Hooker with a laugh. “I just play what’s given to me. That was my mindset.”
She made a free throw early in the contest and then scored the milestone basket on a pull-up jumper from about 13 feet out. Hooker went on to score 30 points for the ninth time this season and lead Reservoir to a 64-47 win over visiting Hammond.
Reservoir girls basketball's Tiffany Hooker talks about scoring her 1,000th career point in the Gators 64-47 win over Hammond on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.
“I think the amazing thing is our program has had two kids do this in two years in a row,” said Reservoir head coach Deb Taylor in referencing Emily Dorn, who scored her 1,000th point last season. “Tiffany has worked so hard on her game and she has so many weapons that she’s going to score a lot of points.”
The feat is impressive no matter how it’s accomplished, but Hooker achieved it in less than three years. The point guard didn’t start playing at Reservoir until her sophomore season. She’s the fourth Gator to score 1,000 career points and the 82nd girls player in county history to achieve the milestone.
“It was really exciting to watch her achieve such a big accomplishment in just three years,” said Reservoir sophomore Maddy Davis. “There’s so much to learn from her. She’s so much fun to watch and play with.”
She entered this season with 548 points and would need to score nearly 20 points per game this season to get over 1,000 points. Taylor thought Hooker would get there at the very end of the season or the postseason. Instead, Hooker has scored at a pace that’s unprecedented in Howard County and is currently averaging 28.2 points per game this season.
“She was at 17 points per game last year, and I knew if we played the minimum number of games that she’d have to average 19.8 this year to get to 1,000,” Taylor said. “Then obviously the date moved up rapidly when she scored so many 30-point games.”
“When the shot went down, I forgot a little bit because I was in game mode,” Hooker said. “Then everyone started cheering. It was really cool.”
She ended her game with 30 points. She made two 3-pointers and tallied seven steals, five rebounds and five assists. As defenses have shifted to stop Hooker, the guard has been forced to pass more and contribute in other ways.
“She’s had those abilities all along, but teams are defending us differently,” Taylor said. “She sees the ball well, and she could’ve had more assists tonight. Her teammates are doing better on anticipating those passes and finishing those.”
Reservoir (8-3 Howard County, 12-5 overall) led 14-9 at the end of the first period before going up 14 points at halftime.
The Golden Bears kept the game close for most of the second half, though, and trailed by 12 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Amani Pressley then hit a 3-pointer out of a timeout to push momentum back in Reservoir’s favor.
While the night was about Hooker, she wasn’t the only Reservoir player to perform well. Freshman Laiya Hardie scored a career-high 15 points. She made two 3-pointers and played well when Hooker was on the bench with a minor ankle injury.
“She came off the bench and gave us an excellent spark,” Taylor said. “She still makes freshman mistakes, but she played composed. She has a huge upside, and she’s only going to get better over the next few years.”
Despite the loss, Hammond (2-10, 4-13) had solid performances from senior guard Keisean Brown and freshman center Maya Woodson. Brown scored 13 points and made two 3s, while Woodson tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 14 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks.
Both teams are back in action Friday. Reservoir travels to Oakland Mills, while Hammond hosts Long Reach.
Reservoir 64, Hammond 47
Re (8-3, 12-5): T. Hooker 30, L. Hardie 15, M. Davis 9, A. Pressley 4, D. Moultrie 2, K. Holmes 2, L. Dudzinski 2.
Ha (2-10, 4-13): M. Woodson 14, K. Brown 13, R. Smoot 6, J. Fogle 4, D. Britt 4, K. Beahm 2, H. Chambers 2., M. Newby 2.
Halftime: 36-22, Re
Mt. Hebron 47, Centennial 40
The Vikings outscored the Eagles 14-8 in the third quarter en route to the county win. Tori Valentine followed up her 35-point performance against Centennial from earlier this season to lead all players with 29 points in the win Wednesday. She added eight rebounds and three assists in the triumph. Despite the loss, the Eagles welcomed back Rasa Welsh, who scored three points in the loss. Brook Anderson led Centennial with 14 points.
MH (8-3, 10-6): T. Valentine 29, A. Harrington 7, R. Vidal 4, E. Dixon 2, E. Hollis 2, A. Unkenholz 2, K. Milano 1.
C (6-5, 9-8): B. Anderson 14, T. Pearson 10, L. Pellegrini 4, R. Welsh 3, O. Reese 2, O. Jackson 2, A. Urquiaga 2, C. LasCasas 2, S. Sopchick 1.
Wilde Lake 44, Glenelg 24
The Wildecats went on a 19-0 run in the first half to lead 23-7 at halftime and win their third straight game. Kalani Corkeron led all players with 20 points for her second straight 20-point performance. Mia Swaby-Rowe chipped in with 15 points. With their seventh win of the season, the Wildecats are one win away from their best season in the last decade.
WL (5-6, 7-8): K. Corkeron 20, M. Swaby-Rowe 15, C. Zimmerman 5, L. Richards 4.
G (1-10, 3-13): G. Tolbert 6, S. Salafia 6, A. Gillespie 6, L. LaPointe 4, J. Hirsch 2.
Halftime: 23-7, WL
Howard 70, Oakland Mills 47
Another game, another win for Howard. The Lions improved to 17-0 with the win. Marisa Sanchez-Henry led the team with 18 points, and Emily Durkee scored a career-high 16 points. Camille Malagar chipped in with 11 points. Durkee made four 3s, while Malagar knocked down three shots from behind the arc. Jazmine Washington led the Scorpions with 21 points, while Jaidyn Harris chipped in with 10 points.
Ho (11-0, 17-0): M. Sanchez-Henry 18, E. Durkee 16, C. Malagar 11, G. Kennerly 7, A. Harris 6, S. Nasir 4, G. Scott 4, L. Fritz 2, L. Spalding 1, K. McDuffie 1.
OM (5-7, 9-8): J. Washington 21, J. Harris 10, T. McDuffie 7, K. Browne 5, D. Chisholm 2, R. Fairbanks 2.
Halftime: 37-14, Ho
Marriotts Ridge 51, Long Reach 21
The Mustangs utilized balanced scoring for the 30-point win. Emma Miller and Caroline Crawford led the Mustangs with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Tamir Whittle led the Lightning with 10 points.
MR (8-4, 12-5): E. Miller 12, C. Crawford 10, K. Bryan 9, K. Lee 5, E. Morath 5, C. Meininger 4, L. Schanck 4, C. Del Monte 2.
LR (0-11, 0-15): T. Whittle 10, A. Nagle 6, R. Baldwin 3, S. Sims 2.
Halftime: 25-9, MR
River Hill 60, Atholton 36
The Hawks held the Raiders to three points in the second quarter and outscored them 24-14 in the final period. Saniha Jackson made 10 layups to score 22 points to lead all scorers. Kennedy Clark chipped in with 11 points for the Hawks, while Laila Cowsette led the Raiders with 14 points.
RH (11-1, 14-4): S. Jackson 22, K. Clark 11, A. Thompson 8, C. Duffy 8, E. Devine 6, A. Smith 5.
A (3-8, 4-11): L. Cowsette 14, M. Hargrett 7, N. Blair 5, A. Lubitz 3, E. Morton 3, K.Brown 2, T. Kidd 2.
Halftime: 21-14, RH
Howard CC 84 vs. Northern Virginia 30
Mia McCormick (River Hill High grad) seized the day, recording her first collegiate career triple-double as the Dragons turned up the heat to drop the Northern Virginia Nighthawks, 84-30.
Howard CC (15-8): Mia McCormick 24, Brianna Jones 15, Ashlyn McInerney 15, Shanta Johnson 14, Kyrstin Bowen 10, Ciara Little 4, Lillyann Eldridge 2.
Northern Virginia CC (1-15): Ciarra Owen 15, Sagal Mohamud 6, Mariana Cuellar 4, Kaitlyn Roberts 4, Charlotte Donnellan 1.