Central’s Strother scores 1,000th point in victory over Strasburg

Central's Ayanna Strother makes a pass during this game against Stonewall Jackson on Nov. 29. Strother scored her 1,000th point on Friday in a victory over Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

WOODSTOCK — Ayanna Strother can now cross off one of her biggest goals of her girls basketball career.

The Central senior scored her 1,000th point in a 53-36 girls basketball victory over Strasburg on Friday.

“It was definitely a huge relief off my shoulders,” Strother said in a interview at the school Monday afternoon. “I’ve been wanting to get it ever since I saw K.P. (Central 2014 graduate Katelyn Poston) get it when I was in 8th grade. So it’s been a really big dream of mine. And I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to get it, but I finally got it.”

Entering Friday’s game, Strother needed just seven points to reach 1,000. Strother said she wanted to get to the mark as soon as possible.

Strother made sure it happened quickly as she scored Central’s first six points.

With 4:23 left in the first period, Strother said she drove to the basket from the right wing and made a layup to go over 1,000 points.

“As soon as I scored it, I started crying,” Strother said. “It was just a rush of emotions. I was just so happy that I finally scored it. It was amazing, the crowd was so big. I was really happy that the Strasburg fans were all happy for me too. I was a little nervous about how they we’re going to be but the community really came together. And everybody was congratulating me whether they were from Strasburg or Woodstock. So it was pretty great.”

The game was halted when Strother scored her 1,000th point and she was given the game ball and honored alongside her family in front of the crowd.

Strother said it was great to be able to share the moment with her family.

“My parents were crying as well,” Strother said. “So it was a really emotional moment. My dad, he’s been playing the video like non-stop at home. It was amazing. I have all the support I need.”

Central girls basketball coach Bryan Scott said he was very happy for Strother and her achievement.

“That was a pretty special night. Ayanna’s a special ball player,” Scott said. “She’s a very good kid. I’ve known her all her life. Her parents and I have been friends growing up through high school and outside of high school. …She’s a special young lady and very deserving. She’s worked hard.”

Scott said that Strother finished the game with 21 points. He said when the game became close, Strother picked up her scoring again to help lead the Falcons to the win.

Strother said that beating Shenandoah County rival Strasburg made her accomplishment a little sweeter.

The 5-foot-7 guard/forward is currently second in the area in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per game. She is also averaging 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.1 assists per contest.

Strother became the eighth girls basketball player at Central to reach 1,000 points. Last year Tamra Scott, who graduated last June, scored her 1,000th point.

Strother said it was really special knowing that she’s part of Central girls basketball history.

“Not that many people have scored 1,000 points,” Strother said. “So it’s kind of cool just to be one of the few.”

Bryan Scott said that Strother has been a big key to Central’s recent success. He said that Strother has played at every position during the course of the season and is a big spark for the team.

The Falcons (8-8) have won four of their last five games, and host Madison County tonight in a key Bull Run District contest.

“I think it’s mostly just chemistry,” Strother said of the team’s recent success. “I think we’re starting to work together as a team. We are able to pull out a lot more wins than we did in the beginning of the season.”