Last week, one Lompoc Valley girls basketball star reached the 1,000-point plateau – Lompoc High’s four-year varsity star Danielle Morgan.
On Wednesday, another star from the City of Arts and Flowers reached this pinnacle: Scoring her 1,500th point.
And that would be Cabrillo’s four-year sensation Erin Jenkins, who surpassed that summit in the 63-23 romp of Morro Bay on the road.
Jenkins, who was the Lee Central Coast Newspapers’ All-Area Most Valuable Player last year, shared her excited thoughts about scoring her 1,500th basket.
“I am super stoked about it,” said Jenkins, who will play for Northwest Nazarene University after her prep career wraps up. “I never thought about reaching this milestone, honestly. I just go out every game and play my hardest, no matter what.”
Jenkins added that she heard her mother and brother go insane in the crowd after she reached that honor. They weren’t the only ones who were ecstatic about Jenkins’ accomplishment, though. So was one of the coaches responsible for recruiting her to Northwest Nazarene University: Assistant Elpidia Allen, who excitedly posted “Future Nighthawk!!!” in her retweet on her Twitter page.
Jenkins’ current head coach Jared McCune also likes the fact that his four-year letter winner earned this honor.
“Very impressive,” McCune said. “She has earned it since day one. She works so hard on both ends of the floor and can take over a game both offensively and defensively.”
While Jenkins likes the fact she completed that feat during her final season of high school, she gives most of the credit to the people around her who have helped shape her into the player she is today.
“I’ve got to hand it to my coaches, especially my dad,” Jenkins said. “Without them, I would not be where I am today. They have taught me everything I know on and off the court and I couldn’t be more thankful.”