By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WOODSTOCK -- With 3:02 remaining in the game Thursday night, Central junior Travis Cooper looked to the scorer's table and was informed he needed three more points.
As the time began winding down Cooper wasn't sure if he was going to get them, but finally with 21 seconds left in the game he hit the magic number he was looking for. Cooper drove the length of the floor and hit a layup giving him 1,001 points for his career.
"It means a lot," Cooper said after Central's 69-62 loss to William Monroe. "I've worked hard my whole life on the game of basketball and just practice hard every day and everything else will just fall into place."
Cooper said he was pretty nervous in the final minutes, but he was mostly worried about the game, which was still really close.
He also admitted he was a little worried as he went in for the layup that pushed him over 1,000.
"I was afraid I was going to miss it," Cooper said. "I was like 'please go in. The game is almost over now.' I didn't want to have to do it [Friday] at Rappahannock [County]. I was glad my teammates really helped me out and helped me get this. When they hit shots, it helps me get open. I've got to thank them a lot.
"All my teammates my freshmen, sophomore, junior year there also the reason why I've been scoring 1,000 points."
After he hit the layup the game was stopped and he was given the game ball by Central coach Mickey Clinedinst.
Clinedinst said he was really happy for Cooper.
"Any time you reach that 1,000 point barrier that's a milestone for anybody. I don't care if you're in college that's something that doesn't happen all the time," Clinedinst said. "I'm really happy for him and proud for his parents. I'm glad to have him on my team."
Central has had a strong basketball program for many years, and Cooper said it was great to be added to the long list of players who have scored 1,000 points at Central.
"It's an honor to even be mentioned with any of those players," Cooper said. "Kenny Lambiotte, Walker Lambiotte, Jason Sager all of them -- it's just an honor to even be in the same sentence, conversation as them."
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