Covington’s Harrington, Milton-Union’s Brumbaugh hit scoring milestones

COVINGTON — Saturday was a special night for the Covington girls basketball team.

Even more so, it was a special night for senior guard Claudia Harrington.

Playing in Hoosier’s Gym, where the famous movie was filmed — Harrington scored her 1,000th career point in a 54-42 win over Versailles in non-conference action.

The daughter of Tom Harrington and Angi Walters entered the game needing 12 points and on a 10-foot jumper midway through the game, she became one of the few high school players ever to get their 1,000th point in a game.

“It was pretty cool to get it there,” Harrington said. “It was just a cool experience to play there.”

Covington coach Brandon Studebaker called a play specifically for Harrington to get her 1,000th point. She finished the game with 22 points and now has 1,010 in her career. Harrington is averaging 15.9 points, shares the conference lead with 3.2 assists per game, 3.0 steals and 1.6 blocks while shooting 40 percent from the floor, 33 percent from long range and 76 percent from the line.

“We missed on a layup the possession before, so we called a special,” Studebaker said. “Normally that is going to result in a shot close to the basket, but one of the Versailles girls came off a screen and Claudia (Harrington) hit a 10 to 12 foot jumper. It was a cool experience for her to get her 1,000th point in that gym.”

And Harrington was aware of the situation.

“I knew it was either that one or the previous shot I made,” she said. “I knew I was close. They stopped the game and I was just happy to have gotten it. It is something I always thought would be nice to do.”

Harrington became the ninth Covington girl to score 1,000 points.

With the Buccs at 15-4 and still having an opportunity to share the conference title, Harrington was happy to get the milestone out of the way.

“Now, I am not focused on that anymore,” she said. “Now, I can focus on the games we have (coming up).”

Studebaker said it was a great experience not just for Harrington — but the entire team.

“It was a really cool experience,” he said about playing in the gym. “It is not an opportunity that comes along every day. It was our first win over Versailles since 2004. And it was a really good game. I felt like it was a much closer game than the score indicates.”

Blake Brumbaugh

Whether it is on the football field, basketball floor or on the track, there is little the Milton-Union junior Blake Brumbaugh has not accomplished.

So, it should come as no surprise that Brumbaugh became the second junior in the area — along with Bradford’s Parker Davidson to score 1,000 points as a junior.

Or that he would become just the second Milton-Union player to accomplish in his junior season — and get it in a huge win.

He did it last Friday when the Bulldogs handed Troy Christian its first TRC loss of the season.

Brumbaugh, a three-year starter, has led the Bulldogs to a 13-4 start.

He is averaging 20.3 points per game, 6.6 rebounds, 3..1 assists and 3.0 steals.

Brumbaugh is shooting 49 percent from the floor, 40 percent on 3-pointers and 77 percent from the line.

He had 21 points, six rebounds and six assists in the game.