WOODSTOCK — Many parents lined the upper row of the home bleachers inside the gym at Marian Central High School with pre-made posters that lied at their feet for most of the game.
But with 4:19 left to play in a Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division 54-43 Hurricanes loss to St. Francis, the Hurricane parents got the chance to put their homemade artwork to good use.
Shannon Wuensch stole the ball from the Spartans (11-9 overall, 2-0 SCC Blue Division) and raced down the court and with no one nearby, scored the most memorable two points of her life — her 1,000th.
"It feels really great to be there and have it past me and not have to worry about it," Wuensch said of the accomplishment. The senior became the school's all-time leading scorer in a game against Wheaton Academy on Jan. 12, and needed 16 points to be the first ever to 1,000. She got exactly 16 on Monday.
"I was thinking about it a lot lately because it had become prevalent but at the beginning of the year I never really thought about it but the last couple weeks I thought that it could be a possibility and it was definitely on my mind throughout the game."
The game, Wuensch said, was lost in the first quarter. The Hurricanes (11-7, 2-3) gave up 20 points to a hot shooting Spartans team. Kate Slattery of the Spartans scored eight points in the first quarter and the Hurricanes didn't seem to have an answer for the senior as she scored a game-high 25.
"Isn't that amazing," Marian Central coach Jackie Budmayr said. "What an accomplishment, I mean seriously, what an accomplishment. I couldn't be happier for her and her teammates couldn't be happier for her."
Many of those points came from second-chance opportunities, something that Budmayr said was a big part of her team's downfall.
"Once again we're working toward regionals but I am very disappointed in the first quarter," Budmayr said. "We have up 20 points and we just can't do that and we got heavily out-rebounded. I told them coming in that the key to win this game would be our boards."
Though the Hurricanes admittedly didn't play a complete game, they did play a solid stretch of basketball at the end of the third quarter. Down by 10 with under two minutes to play in the quarter, the Hurricanes scored on three straight possessions to cut the deficit to four and seemingly swing the momentum.
Wuensch scored on a mid-range jump shot and after creating a turnover on the other end, Brie Baumert cut through the lane and scored on a layup. Wuensch scored again on the next possession to excite the loud crowd. But at the buzzer, Slattery hit a long jumper extending the deficit back to six.
"I thought the momentum was changing," Wuensch said. "But it didn't happen. It's one of those where you just have to go back to practice tomorrow and start over a new day."