Taylor Rooks of Gill St. Bernard's scored her 2,000th career point on Sunday against St. John Vianney
Gill St. Bernard’s senior Taylor Rooks scored her 2,000th career point on Sunday, adding another milestone to an already impressive resume.
The Stanford bound senior and reigning Star Ledger state player of the year entered Sunday’s game against St. John Vianney 16 points shy of the mark, and she reached it in the third quarter.
Like she had done countless times before, Rooks powered her way to the rim, fighting through a defender to convert the layup and draw the foul. Rooks went to the free throw line and sunk the shot to eclipse the 2,000-point mark.
“It’s great, I enjoyed the moment. Like you said, not many people get the opportunity to score 2,000 points, let alone 1,000 points,” Rooks said. “But it’s definitely nice to get past it, and it’s great in the moment."
Rooks’ achievement came at a crucial moment for Gill St. Bernard’s, as her 3-point play capped a 9-0 run that gave the team its biggest lead of the game at 38-31.
While Gill St. Bernard’s ultimately fell in overtime, 63-57, Rooks finished with a game-high 27 points, and her 11 points in the fourth quarter and overtime powered the Gill St. Bernard’s offense down the stretch.
With Rooks reaching another personal milestone, Gill St. Bernard’s coach Josuf Dema said she brings much more value than just her point totals.
“You almost become like a fan at times, you watch her drive the lane and make easy buckets, and usually at this level, you need to work for everything you have. And she works,” Dema said. “It’s impressive, she does so much that helps the team, and she really made a point this year to look for her teammates a little more."
Her career total now sits at 2,011 points, including 1,490 in two-plus seasons at Gill St. Bernard’s. Rooks will have the chance to break the school’s career scoring record of 1,864. Through five games this season, Rooks is averaging 24.0 points per game.