YATES CENTER — Brali Conard became the first female in Chetopa High School history on Tuesday night to score 1,000 points, surpassing the milestone with 18 total points in a 38-31 win over Yates Center.
Conard, a senior for the Green Hornets, needed 13 points to reach 1,000 for her career going into the game.
“I’m happy for her,” Chetopa head coach Jaunc Bradshaw said. “She’s the first female in Chetopa history to do it, so it’s a big deal. It’s something we haven’t had in our program to ever get close since I’ve been here. I’m glad it happened for her and everybody was excited for her.”
Conard has established herself as one of the premier athletes in the Three Rivers League and in the Southeast Kansas region throughout her career. She was a staple on a volleyball team that went to state a year ago and won another league title this past fall.
“Brali is just a good athlete,” Bradshaw said. “She’s a great softball player and a great volleyball player. She’s always an extension of a coach on the court. She sees things even I don’t see. It’s nice to have her out there. She’s a very good athlete overall and I think that helps her get to 1,000 points. And she works hard.”
As for Tuesday night’s win, Bradshaw missed the game due to family reasons. However, he watched the livestream of the game.
“At times, we did well,” Bradshaw said. “We’ve got a funk of getting in foul trouble. With only eight girls, that’s a burden on everybody else. My assistant who took over tonight said we looked lazy on defense at times. But we got the stops necessary to pull away in the fourth quarter.”
Bradshaw also praised Tayler Beard, who scored 10 points in the win.
“She came out and she played very well,” Bradshaw said. “That was a bright spot seeing her get some confidence.”
Now at 4-8 overall on the season, Chetopa heads to Uniontown on Friday.
“We’re going to have to play well defensively and keep Danielle Howard in front of us,” Bradshaw said. “That means help defense and not letting her attack the basket. Not only can she score, but she’s a very good passer. So protect the basket, hope for the misses and get the rebounds.”
Chetopa 38, Yates Center 31
Chetopa: Shertz 4, Arnold 2, Moore 4, Brali Conard 18, Tayler Beard 10