Lynchburg-Clay senior Zoe Fittro scored her 1,000th career point during the fourth quarter of the Lady Mustangs' game against Goshen, Monday at LCHS. Fittro totaled 21 points in the win. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Lynchburg-Clay senior Zoe Fittro scored her 1,000th career point during the fourth quarter of the Lady Mustangs' game against Goshen, Monday at LCHS. Fittro totaled 21 points in the win. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
DODSONVILLE — The 1,000-point club at Lynchburg-Clay High School added another player to its ranks on Monday night, as senior Zoe Fittro was the latest to join the elite group as she reached the career milestone in LC’s 60-39 win over the visiting Goshen Lady Warriors.

Fittro’s milestone moment was made in dramatic fashion as she drove the basketball down court, went in the air to the hoop, and while twisting in the air, she made a one-handed basket for the two points while being fouled. Fittro ended up on the ground, lying there smiling as teammates pounced on her in celebration of the career moment with 6:22 left in the fourth frame.

The entire scenario of the 1,000th point ended up being a three-point play with Fittro finishing the play with a free throw, putting the Lady Mustangs ahead by 21 points at 48-27.

This season in 16 games Fittro has scored 246 points, averaging 15.4 points per game. Getting to her “grand total,” Fittro scored 152 points as a freshman (5.6 ppg.), 248 points as a sophomore (10.8 ppg.) and 356 points as a junior (14.2 ppg.).

Fittro now has 1,002 career points following a 21-point effort against Goshen, including 12 points in the first half. Fittro finished the game with five two-point baskets, three 3-pointers, and she made two free throws in the game. She also had seven rebounds.

“It’s a big night for her. It’s super exciting for her to get it here in front of the home crowd and on this floor,” Lynchburg-Clay head coach Whitney Lewis said. “She’s worked hard for four years. She’s been a varsity player for four years, put in a lot of work in the gym, and I’m super happy to see that pay off for her.”

This was Fittro’s third straight 20-plus-point scoring game, as she scored 22 points vs. West Union and 21 points vs. Whiteoak.

Fittro’s career-high came nearly one year ago as a junior where she scored 31 points against Paint Valley on Jan. 28, 2019.

Following the game, Fittro spoke about the achievement with The Highland County Press.

“I wasn’t expecting to make that one, but I’m glad I did because I couldn’t make a free throw to save my life,” Fittro said of her milestone basket following the game. “I’m glad I did get it at home because I could have everyone here to watch. Getting my 1,000th is a big milestone, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the players I’ve played with, the people that are in my life and the coaches I’ve had.”

As for the win for LCHS, they battled strong early on with the visitors from the Southern Buckeye Academic Conference (SBAAC). Although Goshen scored first, LC responded with a layup by Fittro (with the assist by Sierra Benney), followed by a jumper by Kaylee Lunsford, and a layup also by Lunsford (with the assist by Smith), for a 6-2 lead with 4:43 left in the first quarter. Lunsford finished the game with six points, and Smith had eight points, along with seven steals.

LC had another run of five straight points, all by Fittro, including a 3-pointer at the 2:56 mark of the first for a lead of 11-4. Goshen ended the first with a 5-3 scoring differential, with the three points by LCHS coming off a 3-pointer by Fittro with 5.8 seconds on the first-quarter clock.

The Lady Mustangs took a 14-9 lead into the second frame, but Goshen had other plans when Amy Myers sank a 3-pointer, cutting the LCHS lead to two points at 14-12. That lead didn’t take long to increase, which it did in a big way with Serena Smith scoring two points with a layup. Next was a layup by Fittro, followed by two free-throw conversions by Serene Walker. The lead increased to 12 points when Logan Binkley scored baskets about a minute apart from each other for a 24-12 advantage and a lead of 12 points.

Binkley totaled 17 points in the win, as she made seven two-point baskets and was 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. She also collected five rebounds.

Goshen called a timeout with 4:41 left, but when play resumed the Lady Mustangs didn’t miss a beat with a free throw by Smith, followed with two free throws made by Binkley. Goshen scored the final five points of the first half, giving the host Lady Mustangs a 27-17 lead at halftime.

The Lady Mustangs outscored the Lady Warriors 14-10 in the third frame, building their lead to 41-27 after three complete quarters. Three players recorded points in the third frame for the Lady Mustangs, and they included six points by Binkley, six points by Fittro (including a 3-pointer) and a two-point basket from Smith.

LCHS didn’t let Goshen get any closer than 16 points of their lead in the fourth frame. Six players from Lynchburg-Clay scored points in the fourth frame.

Besides the aforementioned three points scored by Fittro for her 1,000th-point milestone, the fourth quarter also included two made free throws by Kalyn Rich, a 3-pointer by Smith and two free throws from Benney, along with two points each by Amber DeBoard and Lunsford and five points by Binkley.

“They (Goshen) like to run fast, and they pressured us. We only had eight turnovers, and for us, that really makes me super proud of these guys,” Lewis said. “A lot of times under pressure, we turn the ball over and make silly mistakes, but we really took care of the ball tonight, made good decisions offensively and we were able to get some good looks at the basket.

“I was really proud of how we kept attacking the basket and getting some second-shot opportunities. Logan was good on the boards. We just really got a lot of good looks on the basket and were able to finish those. A lot of those opportunities came from her crashing the rebounds and just being aggressive. I was happy to see that for her.”

As a team, LCHS collected 18 two-point baskets, four 3-pointers, and they were 12-of-19 from the free-throw line. Goshen collected 15 two-point baskets, two 3-pointers, and they were 3-of-9 in their free-throw attempts.

GHS was led in scoring by Amy Myers with nine points, with three two-point baskets and one 3-pointer.

Next for the Lady Mustangs is a road Southern Hills Athletic Conference game on Thursday, Jan. 23 at West Union.

“We go to West Union on Thursday. We just played there last week, so we’re playing them for our second league game on Thursday,” Lewis said. “For a turnaround, we come back and play Eastern at home next Monday. We’re kind of grinding out here at the end of the season and hoping to play our best basketball yet, and tonight was a good preview of that, hopefully.”