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Sunnyside’s Rodriguez tallies 1,000th hoop point

TACOMA – Sunnyside Lady Grizzly Jordan Rodriguez picked the biggest stage and the biggest game to achieve a big career goal.

The junior scored her 1,000th career point for Sunnyside last Friday during a crucial victory that assured the Lady Grizzlies hoop team its first State trophy in more than 20 years.

“I wanted to reach 1,000 points in my junior year and I made it!” said a tearful Rodriguez.

Those tears weren’t only about individual achievement, though, as she celebrated with her teammates an emotional victory on Friday after a tough loss the night before thrust them into the consolation round.

Coach Rick Puente said Rodriguez’s true measure isn’t just about scoring buckets, but about helping others improve their play as well.

“She proves you don’t have to fill out the point column to impact a game,” said Puente. “She creates shots for others. She’s the epitome of a leader.”

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