On a night when Jordan Beers scored her 2,000th varsity point, she showed why she’s been among the area’s best girls basketball players over the past six seasons.
Beers, a senior, poured in a season-high 39 points to lead unbeaten Franklin to a 56-44 Tri-Valley League victory over visiting Milford on Thursday.
Beers needed 12 points to become the 11th player in Section Four girls basketball history to surpass 2,000 points. She did that early in the second quarter on a short jumper. The game was stopped to honor Beers’ accomplishment.
“She’s been the face of Franklin basketball for the last (six) years,” Franklin coach Mike Dutcher said of Beers, who finished the night with 2,027 points. “As good a basketball player as she is, she’s 10 times better as a person. She’s just a great teammate. She makes people around her better.”
Beers had 20 points by halftime and then scored 11 points in the third quarter as Franklin extended a nine-point lead to 45-27. She made 15 field goals – including two three-pointers – and went 7-for-11 from the free throw line.
“In my mind, I’d have a way I’d try to play her,” Dutcher said when asked how he’d try to stop Beers if was coaching against her. “When she receives her diploma in June, I’d be happy to share that with any coach who wants to know.”
Dutcher said Beers’ improved strength over the past couple seasons has made ever more difficult to defend.
“You see her finishing at the rim more, instead of a lot of jumpers or pull-up jumpers,” Dutcher said of Beers, who also 20 rebounds.
Dutcher said Beers plans to play basketball at Ithaca College next season.
Marisa Cawley contributed nine points for the defending Section Four Class D and Tri-Valley League champion Purple Devils (4-0, 3-0), who will travel to Cherry Valley-Springfield on Jan. 8.