A Flushing High School hoops star has netted her 1,000th point.
Erica Redwood, 17, a senior on the school’s varsity girls basketball team, hit the milestone bucket during her last high school home game this January. She is the second in the school to reach the lofty mark since 2006.
“That was my biggest accomplishment this year,” said Redwood, of Jamaica. “I was surprised I did it. I didn’t even know until my coach called time out and told me.”
The point guard and co-captain for the Lady Red Devils said she set her mind to reach the goal at the end of last year, when she was told she was only 200 points away from joining the elite group of city student athletes to reach that target.
“You have to put in the work every game, but you try not to think about it. You just try to score,” Redwood said. “I was like, ‘Finally!’ It was a lot of relief.”
The team’s top scorer could have banked double the amount of points by now, her head coach Carla Nasso said. But Redwood constantly looks to pass the ball instead of taking shots.
“Erica has worked hard her whole career here,” Nasso said. “Every year, she has gotten better and better. To watch her play is just a pleasure. She always gives 125 percent on the court.”
Redwood also maintained a 90 average this year while carrying her team to the third round of the playoffs. Her total amount of accomplishments, Nasso said, is very rare for a high school athlete.
“It’s a difficult feat to accomplish. There are very, very few athletes that do it throughout the city,” the coach said.
The high flyer said she plans to take her talent to a Division II school, focusing on her sports management major, before playing in bigger leagues.
“This is mind-blowing,” Redwood said. “I didn’t think it was possible.”