MECCA - It was in a holiday basketball tournament shortly after Christmas in 1988 when Tracey Lynn scored her 1,000th career point as a junior for the Champion Golden Flashes.
What better way to celebrate the silver anniversary of that memorable event than to watch her daughter, Brooke Dawson, produce her 1000th point as a senior for the Maplewood Rockets. As fate would have it, Dawson's big moment came in a 58-21 win over the Flashes Monday night.
Dawson, who needed 11 points to reach the coveted plateau, wasted little time in scoring point 1,000. It occurred on a drive to the basket at the 2:19 mark of the first quarter.
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An emotional Brooke Dawson, left, of Maplewood receives a congratulatory hug from teammate Victoria Karlovic after scoring her 1,000th career point. The Rockets won, 58-21.
"I was nervous," said Dawson, who showed no signs of nerves during the game. "My mom gave me this huge talk before the game. I really wanted my team to win. I was thinking more about winning than getting more points, so it came naturally I guess."
The proud mom couldn't have been happier to see her daughter take care of business in a hurry.
"Sometimes it takes her a while to get going," Tracey said. "She usually misses a couple of shots here and there, but for her to shoot very well was good for her - and to stay out of foul trouble. She has a tendency to foul a lot."
Brooke was honored by coach Mark Yoder and school officials immediately after she reached the mark. After the game, she posed for photos with Yoder and her mom.
The smile on Yoder's face painted the picture of a man that is glad to have a talent of Brooke's caliber on his side.
"Every year she's improved something in some area of her game," Yoder said. "Defensively, she's really improved in that area. Her outside shooting has really improved over the years. Her decision-making just knowing the game of basketball. She's going to be a tough one to replace. You don't get too many left-handed post players that can drive to the basket and shoot from the outside."
Dawson had 12 points in the first quarter and finished with a game-high 21 as the Rockets (8-1) were never challenged by the 4-5 Golden Flashes. Ryley Urchek had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Miranda Sloan scored 11 points for the Rockets.
Brooke doesn't hesitate to credit her mom as being a role model growing up. After graduating from Champion, Tracey accepted a scholarship to Kent State University. She was a three-time All Mid-American Conference selection, finishing her career second in KSU women's scoring with 2,066 points. Tracey was inducted into Kent State's Hall of Fame in 2004.
Tracey's talents in high school were unmatched at the time. The fact she reached the 1,000-point mark early in her junior season speaks volumes.
"My mom always seems to one-up me," Brooke said. "She is a great role and I look up to her."
One piece of magic Tracey can't pull off is changing Brooke's mind about pursuing basketball at Slippery Rock College. Brooke has signed on to be a pitcher on the softball team.
"I tried to get her when she was little, but she was adamant about softball," Tracey said. "I'll support her in whatever she does."
Brooke was still emotional speaking about her teammates several minutes after the game had ended.
"I love my team," Brooke said. "They're part of the reason I got it, and it meant a lot that they cared so much."