Schammel scores 1,000th point

Published 5:47 pm Saturday, December 17, 2011

Southland junior Jana Schammel reacts to scoring her1,001st career point during a win over LeRoy-Ostrander in Adams Saturday. -- Rocky Hulne/

ADAMS — Southland junior Jana Schammel nearly outscored LeRoy-Ostrander by herself as she became the sixth Southland girls basketball player to reach the 1,000th point mark in her career in a 72-18 Rebels win Saturday.

Schammel, who has been on the varsity team since she was an eighth grader, reached the milestone when she scored her 16th point of the night to give her 1,0001 for her career. Schammel scored on a driving lay-up to make it 50-18 with 17:23 left in the game.

“I’ve been working for it for a long time and it’s good to get it,” Schammel, who also had three assists and two steals, said of her 1,000th point. “I was frustrated in the first half, because I kept missing shots. I thank my teammates a lot because they kept looking for me and it was fun for all of us.”

Southland's Madi Schmitz goes up for a shot as LeRoy-Ostrander's Dana Miller looks on in the first half of the Rebels win over the Cardinals in Adams Saturday. -- Rocky Hulne/

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Schammel and all of the Southland starters sat out the rest of the second half, and the Rebels’ back-ups went on to oustcore the Cardinals 22-0. L-O, which was without injured starters Chanda Riedemann and Megan Grant, had zero points in the second half.

It was pretty clear how badly Schammel’s teammates wanted her to get to 1,000 as Kelli Smith, who had three assists, passed up a wide open lay-up to get Schammel a score and Madi Schmitz, who finished with 11 points and three steals, gave up some looks for Schammel as well.

“We wanted her to get it at home and have all of the fans here. She had a lot of family coming home for Christmas too, so it was good for her to get it here,” Schmitz said. “She works really hard screening for us and it’s nice having her for kick-outs. It helps to have good shooters and she’s definitely one of them. She can also take it to the hoop.”

The Rebels (5-1 overall) were glad to pick up a win after dropping a game to Dover-Eyota 71-66 Dec. 13.

“We’re taking it as a good thing,” Schmitz said of that loss. “We have a lot of tough games coming up and we’ll look at it as a learning experience, because we probably shouldn’t have lost that game.”

L-O (6-2 overall) was led by Becca Bunne, who had six points, four rebounds and two assists.

L-O 48 24 — 72

Southland 18 0 — 18

Southland scoring: Jana Schammel, 16; Madi Schmitz, 11; Megan Mullenbach, 10; Lindsey Bottema, 8; Haley Kirkpatrick, 7; Brooke Yunker, 6; Kelli Smith, 5; Marisa Simon, 3; Danielle Hanson, 3; Betsy Oswald, 2; Breanne Vogel, 1; free throws: 53 percent (12-for-23); rebounds: 39 (Simon, 6); turnovers: 23

L-O scoring: Becca Bunne, 6; Jessica Jennings, 5; Krista Bunne, 4; Anna Miller, 3; free throws: 13 percent (1-for-8); rebounds: 31 (Anna Miller, 8); turnovers: 36