Tiger tourney loss highlighted by Jackson-Peek’s milestone

Haley Hagen couriersports@vineyardpress.biz
Lawrence senior Daelynn Jackson-Peek shoots what will be her 1,000th career point in a Tiger uniform late in the game against Michigan Lutheran. Hot Shotz Photography/Matthew Day

    Stepping up to the free throw line to shoot when your team is down in the District semi-final game your senior season is enough pressure in itself. But for Lawrence senior Daelynn Jackson-Peek, the result of a trip to the free throw line late in the game against Michigan Lutheran Monday, was epic.  Before being fouled, the senior stood at 999 career points as a four-year varsity player. With the flick of a wrist, Jackson-Peek sank both free throws, giving her 1,001 total career points. Jackson-Peek is one of only three players in Lawrence girls basketball history to achieve this goal.     
   Before the season, started Jackson-Peek said she knew this goal was a possibility. Achieving it, however, was no simple feat. Midway through the season, she was forced to sit out for a few games nursing an ankle injury.
Wearing number 22, the number she has worn since elementary school, during the 22nd game of the season for the Tigers, Jackson-Peek needed 22 points in the semi-final district game to reach 1,000 points. She scored 23 in the Tigers’ 53-46 loss, which dropped them from the tournament. Kaytlyn Tidey added eight points to the Lawrence effort.
According to Jackson-Peek, 1,001 is just a number to most people, but to her it means everything. “It symbolizes the blood, sweat and tears I endured over the years.”
“It sums up my high school career, being a freshman point guard, then transitioning in a post player, the adversity and even the self-doubt as well as the growth I had over the years.”  The senior attributes her success to her coaches and to her mom. “She’s been my number one fan since the very beginning; they all believed in me when I didn’t. I will forever be grateful for them.”
Jackson-Peek plans to play college ball; however, she has yet to settle on a school. “Although I have options, I haven’t decided just yet,” she said. “I want to make sure I’m going to have the best experience wherever I end up going.”
“I’ll look back on it (1,000th point) and never forget. I hope achieving this goal paves the way for other girls to achieve anything they set their eyes on, on and off the court.”
   Jackson-Peek will play softball this spring for Lawrence.

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