Lynchburg-Clay junior Peyton Scott scored her 1,000th career point on Monday night against the Goshen Lady Warriors at LCHS. Scott finished with 21 points and eight rebounds in the LC victory. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Lynchburg-Clay junior Peyton Scott scored her 1,000th career point on Monday night against the Goshen Lady Warriors at LCHS. Scott finished with 21 points and eight rebounds in the LC victory. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
DODSONVILLE — Lynchburg-Clay junior Peyton Scott earned her 1,000th career point in the second quarter Monday night against the Goshen Lady Warriors and the Lady Mustangs earned the win as well, defeating their opponent 45-38.

Scott — who said in a postgame interview that she couldn’t have done this without her teammates — needed six points to gain the 1,000-point milestone and started by scoring five points in the first frame with a 3-pointer and a two-point basket.

Needing just one point to achieve the scoring plateau entering the second frame, Scott did so from the free-throw line, sinking the first of three attempts from the free-throw line after being fouled on a 3-point try with 3:51 left on the scoreboard. After Scott swished the free throw attempt, she received the basketball from head coach Whitney Lewis and went into the stands to receive hugs from family members.

“Peyton came out and played great,” LC head coach Whitney Lewis said. “She’s now a part of the 1,000-point club, and I’m really happy to see her do that.”

Following the celebration, Scott made two more free throws, giving LC a 19-7 lead at that point of the quarter. Scott led LC with 21 points, finishing the game with four two-point baskets, one 3-pointer, and she was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. The junior also had eight rebounds, three assists and one steal.

“I couldn’t have done this without my teammates,” Scott said of the 1,000th point. “It has been pretty phenomenal to just have the opportunity to get it. It hasn’t hit me yet, but it is awesome to be a part of the club, but it is trying to get the win at the end of the day.

“I didn’t think I would get it this quickly, but I was hoping I would get it sometime soon. I’m just thankful for the community support, my family’s support and my teammates. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Before all the excitement with the 1,000th point being scored, the first quarter for the Lady Mustangs continued to show the Lady Mustangs are improving with each outing, leading 14-3 at the end of the first frame.

“This was a good team in Goshen. They have some good players, but we were able to get out and defend their best shooters, so I was happy with our overall defensive effort,” Lewis said. “The first quarter we held them to three points, and any time you can hold a team to under five points in a quarter, that is a good job.”

LC (1-0, 2-1) actually scored 14 straight points before the Lady Warriors scored the final point of the first frame with 1:10 left on the first-quarter clock. LC in the first had a 3-pointer and layup from Scott, along with two 3-pointers from Zoe Fittro and three points from Logan Binkley. Fittro finished with nine points (two rebounds, two steals), and Binkley totaled four points and six rebounds.

By the time halftime rolled around, the Lady Mustangs led by 12 points at 23-11. LC scored their first points of the frame off a steal and layup from Serena Smith at the 5:08 mark for a 16-7 score, as she totaled four points in the win.

Those points were followed by the three straight free throws from Scott, then on a later trip to the free-throw line two more conversions, moving LC into a 21-7 advantage.

Goshen broke the scoring with points in the paint at the 1:26 mark of the second, only to see Smith sink a layup for a 23-9 advantage. Goshen ended the second with two free throws, leaving the LC lead at 12 points.

Both teams scored 10 points in the third with LC opening the quarter with a 3-pointer from Fittro with 5:23 on the scoreboard. Later, Emily Pinkerton added two more points to the LC total. The Lady Warriors answered with five straight points, but LC made five points from the free-throw line combined from Binkley and Scott for a 33-19 score. The Lady Warriors ended the third with two points from the free-throw line.

The Lady Mustangs in the fourth saw their lead dwindle down to six points less than two minutes into the quarter with consecutive 3-pointers from Goshen’s Paige Garr, making the score 33-27. LC answered with a three-point play by Scott to move the lead back to nine points with 6:31 left on the clock. Again, Garr was there for Goshen with her third 3-pointer of the quarter, but points from Binkley and Scott moved the LC lead to eight points.

Garr wasn’t finished for Goshen (2-3) with a three-point play around the 2:30 mark of the fourth, only to see Abby Blankenship sink a clutch 3-pointer for the Lady Mustangs with 2:06 remaining in regulation. Goshen had another three-point play late in the fourth, but LC scored the final points of the game off two free throws by Blankenship for the seven-point lead. She finished with five points and six rebounds.

“The second half, we got sloppy on the offensive side of the ball so we need to clean that up, but we played well overall as a team,” Lewis said. “Abby came in and made a big 3-pointer for us when they were making a run. That helped us and helped us take control of the game back.”

In JV play, LC won by a 34-14 score with Sierra Benney leading with 16 points.

Next for LC is a Southern Hills Athletic Conference game on Thursday, Dec. 7 at North Adams. From there, they will play in another SHAC game on Monday, Dec. 11 at Peebles.