RED LION — Courtney Dimoff knew that she would eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career sometime this season.
The Red Lion girls’ basketball standout was just 29 points shy entering this season.
After a 19-point performance in a victory over Manheim Township on Friday, Dimoff had a good shot at it Saturday when her Lions took on a strong Central Dauphin East outfit in the Red Lion Tip-Off Tournament.
Leading by double figures in the third period, Dimoff finally broke the mark after draining a 3-pointer.
Everyone, except the visiting Panthers, knew a celebration was in line. But C.D. East quickly in-bounded the ball, creating a bit of an unusual situation, with Dimoff quickly called for a foul.
The Red Lion senior, however, wasn’t upset about the timing of her accomplishment. The fact that she could share the moment with her teammates and her father, Head Coach Don Dimoff, was enough.
“My teammates helped me up and hugged me,” said Courtney Dimoff, who led her team with 16 points in a 43-33 triumph. “It was just like: ‘I did it.' It was an exciting feeling.”
Coach Dimoff has coached many other 1,000-point scorers over his long career. But the fact that this one was his daughter made the occasion feel a little different.
“It was very special,” said Don Dimoff, whose team will enter York-Adams Division I play with a 2-0 mark. “They’re all special, but being that it was my daughter made all that more special.”
While the accomplishment was big for both of the Dimoffs, both agreed that the victory was pretty significant, too.
“It was a good solid victory against a very good and solid team,” Don Dimoff said. “I think going into this year that people would say that them and us are probably two of the better teams in District 3 this year. So it was a great early-season match-up to see where we were.”
“To get it during this game … I didn’t even care,” Courtney Dimoff said. “I just wanted to win. To beat the No. 8 ranked team in the state was good, and getting it during that made it even better on top of that.”
While it’s just two games, both Dimoffs agree that they like what they see from the squad so far.
“I think our level of playing together already is pretty good,” she said. “We’ve been playing together since third and fourth grade, so we kind of already know what everyone is doing, but just seeing us work together and communicating has been a big thing that has allowed us to play pretty well.”
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