By Dan Trujillo
All for Washougal stood up and hollered when Beyonce Bea eclipsed 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in her high school basketball career Wednesday.
“It felt amazing,” she said. “It was really nice to do it at home. That’s what we all wanted, because the fans and my teammates made it happen and helped me get to this point.”
But more importantly to Bea, the Panthers defeated Hockinson 79-67 to improve to 3-0 in league play.
“The fact that it was a home game against a tough league opponent that we all love to beat … that just made it more special,” she said.
Bea came into the game 27 points shy of 1,000. She finished with 33 points, shooting 11-for-16 from the field and 11-for-14 from the foul line. She also racked up 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals and 4 blocks.
“Her teammates found her when she was open. They kept feeding her the ball. She was hot,” said head coach Britney Knotts.
Once Bea got to one thousand in the fourth quarter, Knotts called timeout so she could give the Panther a ball signed by her teammates and coaches.
“It was amazing,” Knotts said. “I’ve never had a player reach a thousand. Those are things you hear about.”
Skylar Bea also had a big night for Washougal. The freshman collected 15 points and 8 rebounds. McKinley Stotts added 9 points and 5 rebounds. Ashley Gibbons netted 8 points. Kiara Cross chipped in 4 points, 6 assists and 9 rebounds.
Beyonce Bea is already the best rebounder in school history. She ranks fourth in career scoring with 1,006 points. Krissy Bassett holds Washougal’s all-time record with 1,351 points, followed by Alyssa Blankenship (1,241) and Kim Rink (1,169).
Bassett and Blankenship eclipsed 1,000 points when they were high school seniors. Bea is just a junior.
“I dedicate this to my parents and coaches,” Bea said. “They all have pushed me and they believe in me. Without them, it wouldn’t have been possible.”