Going into Tuesday's game against Father McGivney, Nokomis senior Carter Sabol needed 22 points to reach 2,000 for his career. Four quarters later, he had that and then some.
Sabol scored 30 points in the Redskins' 59-28 victory over the Griffins on Feb. 4, making him the first boys basketball player in Montgomery County to reach the 2,000 point milestone and the fifth player in the county overall.
The Lake Land College-bound Sabol still has six regular season games and the postseason to add to his point total, which now sits at 2,008, but he is already in good company. Two other former Redskins, Molly McDowell and Va'Nicia Waterman, who played for Nokomis via their co-op with Lincolnwood, hit the mark in 1999 and 2001 respectively, finishing their careers with 2,203 and 2,384 points.
There was a 16-year gap between 2,000 point scorers, but Sabol is the third player to hit that plateau in the last four years. Lincolnwood's Abby Brockmeyer, who played for the Litchfield co-op team, scored 2,362 points by the end of the 2017 season, while the county's all-time leading scorer, Hillsboro's Sammi Matoush, finished her career last year with 2,883 points.
Of Sabol's 2,008 points, 53 have come this year against Father McGivney, who also lost 58-24 to Nokomis on Jan. 20, at the Rick McGraw Memorial Invitational in Litchfield.
In Tuesday's tilt, the Redskins held the Griffins to just five points in the opening quarter as they took a 17-5 lead after one. The Griffins would keep pace in the second quarter, getting six points from Kellen Weir, but Nokomis still managed to add two points to their lead, making it 31-17 at halftime.
Sabol entered the third quarter needing nine points to reach 2,000 and finished the frame with 11, helping his team to a 44-23 advantage as the Skins held Father McGivney to single digits once again.
That would be the trend in the fourth quarter as well, with the Griffins managing just five points, compared to 15 for Nokomis, who improved to 15-9 with the victory.
Sabol's big night was complimented by contributions up and down the Redskin lineup, starting with 11 from Seth Johnson, all of which came in the first half. Evan Herpstreith and Jake Johnson added six points apiece, while Kendall Knodle chipped in four and Cooper Bertolino followed with two.
Nokomis committed just five fouls and didn't send the Griffins to the line in the game. Kellen Weir and Darren Luchetti led Father McGivney with 12 and 10 respectively, but the Griffins just managed six other points outside of their top two.
Nokomis will close out this week with back-to-back games on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 as they travel to Bunker Hill on Friday, followed by a home game against Hillsboro on Saturday.
February 4 at Nokomis
Father McGivney 5 12 6 5 28
Nokomis 17 14 13 15 59
Father McGivney (28) - Kellen Weir 12, Darren Luchetti 10, Jackson Rodgers 4, Gabe Smith 2. Totals: 12 0-0
Nokomis (59) - Carter Sabol 30, Seth Johnson 11, Evan Herpstreith 6, Jake Johnson 6, Kendall Knodle 4, Cooper Bertolino 2. Totals: 24 9-13 59.
Three-point field goals: Father McGivney 4 (Weir 4); Nokomis 2 (Sabol 1, S. Johnson 1).
Records: Nokomis (15-9); Father McGivney (5-19).
Montgomery County Basketball 2,000 Point Club
Sammi Matoush (2019) (Hillsboro) - 2,883
Va’Nicia Waterman (2001) (Nokomis via Lincolnwood) - 2,384
Abby Brockmeyer (2017) (Litchfield via Lincolnwood) - 2,362
Molly McDowell (1999) (Nokomis) - 2,203
Carter Sabol (2020) (Nokomis) *as of 2/5 - 2,008