Trey Smith scored his first varsity points on a three-pointer from the right wing during his freshman season.
He reached 1,000 career points on a very similar shot on Friday.
Smith’s right-wing three-pointer in the fourth quarter of an 80-43 rout of Kingsway in a game at a showcase event at Bishop Eustace High School allowed the Wildwood Catholic High School senior to become the program’s 17th career 1,000-point scorer.
Smith finished the game with 19 points.
“It had a little more meaning to it that I got my 1,000th point on a three-pointer,” Smith said. “My first high school point was on a three-pointer from almost the same exact spot so that was pretty awesome.
“It’s a really memorable accomplishment. All of my coaches and teammates were more excited about it than I was at first. That honestly made it an even more special moment for me.”
Smith dedicated the accomplishment to his deceased grandmother.
“This really was for her,” he said. “Even though she didn’t get a chance to watch me accomplish this, I hope I made her proud.”
Smith is normally an excellent three-point shooter but has struggled a bit from that range at times this season, just like a few of his teammates.
“His percentage was in the mid to high 30s last year and this year’s he’s been in the mid 20s so he’s been in a slump,” Wildwood Catholic coach Dave DeWeese said. “But he’s had a great career for us. He did play a little bit as a freshman on the Cape-Atlantic championship team and then his sophomore and junior years he was right up there with our leading scorers. He’s a great shooter, a great ball handler, a great passer and his game has developed over the last few years. He’s a much more complete player than he was a couple years ago.”
Smith and his Crusader teammates have endured an inconsistent season this winter. But the Crusaders have heated up of late. They beat powerful Christian Brothers Academy on Saturday at the Battle by the Bay showcase event before scoring an 81-71 overtime victory over Pleasantville in an important Cape-Atlantic United Conference game.
Monday’s victory was the team’s fourth straight. Smith scored 18 points in the win, bringing his career total to 1,028. Caleb Fields poured in 31 points and Taj Thweatt added 19 points for the Crusaders (11-7), who host Buena Thursday.