BLUFFTON – History came with a hug, actually a few of them.
Canterbury senior Kindell Fincher scored her 2,000th career point in an 82-46 semifinal win over Churubusco on Friday in the Class 2A Bluffton Sectional.
Fincher needed 11 points to reach the milestone and got what she needed with two free throws with 6:31 left in the second quarter.
Canterbury coach Wayne Kreiger called timeout after the free throws, and Fincher hugged players, coaches and even ran across the gym to hug her mother.
I honestly had no clue I was at nine (points), but it was a great feeling running over to my mom and celebrating with my teammates, they helped me get here, Fincher said. Without my teammates and my coaching staff, this would not have been possible. That felt so warm because I was celebrating with my family. It is a blessing, and I am very humbled about it.
The 5-foot-10 Fincher finished with 25 points, giving her 2,014.
It’s a milestone, and it is still sinking in, Fincher said. I am sure it will hit me later. It has been on my mind, but I am trying to win a state championship with my team, so that’s my main focus.
Fincher’s two free throws gave the Cavaliers a 34-11 advantage.
Fincher, as well as most of the starters, didn’t play in the fourth.
She was so excited, and we were excited for her, said junior teammate Darby Maggard, who is approaching 1,500 career points. We were giving her hugs, and she went up and gave her mom a hug. It was just amazing for her. I am so happy for her. I hope she remembers it forever.
Fincher, who is averaging 27.4 points per game, had nine points in the first to help set up the milestone free throws.
I was very comfortable and relaxed, and I wasn’t pushing for it or anything, Fincher said. I was taking my time to get it and get my teammates involved also.
After the game, Fincher signed autographs for Canterbury fans holding 2,000 signs.
It’s a dream come true, Fincher said. This is what I dreamed about when I was younger, signing autographs and seeing the smiles on people’s faces.
The Xavier recruit is the sixth player, fourth girl, in Allen County history to reach 2,000.
Megan King (2004-07) holds the school record at Canterbury with 2,652 points.
Northeast Indiana has had 12 players score that many career points and five have been girls. Before this season, only 26 female players in state history have scored more than 2,000 points.
She’s worked so hard, and it is well deserved, Maggard said of Fincher. She’s in the moment, and it is amazing. When she looks back on it, she is going to realize what a great success her career has been and is going to be. She is an amazing player, and I am thankful I’ve gotten to play with her.
Also for the Cavaliers, Maggard had 17 points, Katherine Smith and Mason VanHouten each with 14.
Churubusco (9-13) got 11 points from Montana Martin.
Class 2A No. 3 Canterbury (16-4) faces Woodlan (14-6) in the 7 p.m. championship game today.