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Cascade standout Skuce passes 1,000 mark

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cascade Lady Champion coach Chad Spencer presents Elora Skuce with a commemorative ball after she netted her 1,000th career point at Cascade.
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With 6:22 left to play in Tuesday's District 9-A contest between the Cascade Lady Champions and the MTCS Lady Cougars, Lady Champion senior Elora Skuce etched her name into school history by scoring her 1,000th career point in a 49-44 win.

Skuce's prowess and infamy as a deadly 3-point shooter is now known wide and far, but when she first suited up for Cascade, she was relatively unknown as a freshman, an advantage which Lady Champion coach Chad Spencer said helped fuel the young Skuce to becoming one of the best shooters in Middle Tennessee.

Fiery from start

"Elora started out on fire her freshman year. She was one of the best 3-point shooters in the mid-state," Spencer said.

"I'm proud of her and I know her teammates are very proud of her."

Spencer also credited the unselfish play of the entire Lady Champion team for coming together and utilizing every offensive opportunity to help put Cascade in contention for the regular season championship.

"She had 1,000 points, but she wouldn't have gotten those points if the teammates weren't passing the ball. That just shows how unselfish we are," Spencer said.

Guessing game

Entering the game, Skuce wasn't quite sure of how many points she needed, but she knew she was closing in on the benchmark.

"I didn't know exactly how many points I had to have, but I knew I was getting there," she said.

With 6:22 left in the third quarter, Skuce found an open lane and drove to the basket for an easy layup that appeared just to be another bucket for the Lady Champs.

Following her shot, play was paused and she was awarded a ball commemorating her efforts in reaching the milestone.

"I didn't know that was the shot to actually get 1,000, but I was surprised," she said.

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