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Sarah Kober hits 1,000-point milestone for Hampshire

  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional gets a hug from her aunt, Cindy Cloutier, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire. JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional gets a hug from her aunt, Cindy Cloutier, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire. JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional celebrates with her great-grandmother, Beatrice Goodwin, second from left, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire. Her grandmother, Pauline Kober, is in the background.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional celebrates with her great-grandmother, Beatrice Goodwin, second from left, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire. Her grandmother, Pauline Kober, is in the background.
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  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional celebrates with her great-grandmother, Beatrice Goodwin, left, and her grandfather, Berni Kober, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional celebrates with her great-grandmother, Beatrice Goodwin, left, and her grandfather, Berni Kober, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.
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  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional receives a red velvet cake and balloons from her parents, Kevin and Patty Kober, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional receives a red velvet cake and balloons from her parents, Kevin and Patty Kober, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.
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  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional celebrates with her family after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.  <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional celebrates with her family after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.
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  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional receives balloons and a cake, in box, foreground, from her parents, Kevin and Patty Kober, after she scored her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire. JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional receives balloons and a cake, in box, foreground, from her parents, Kevin and Patty Kober, after she scored her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire. JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, center right, celebrates with her teammates after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, center right, celebrates with her teammates after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.
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  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, left, scores her 1000th career point against Alexis McCrae of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, left, scores her 1000th career point against Alexis McCrae of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.
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  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, left, scores her 1000th career point against Alexis McCrae of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, left, scores her 1000th career point against Alexis McCrae of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.
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  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, right, grabs a loose ball beside Jill Beery of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, right, grabs a loose ball beside Jill Beery of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional shoots after evading Alexis McCrae of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional shoots after evading Alexis McCrae of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.
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  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, left, intercepts a pass intended for Jill Beery of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, left, intercepts a pass intended for Jill Beery of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional gets a hug from her aunt, Cindy Cloutier, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire. JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional celebrates with her great-grandmother, Beatrice Goodwin, second from left, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire. Her grandmother, Pauline Kober, is in the background.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional celebrates with her great-grandmother, Beatrice Goodwin, left, and her grandfather, Berni Kober, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional receives a red velvet cake and balloons from her parents, Kevin and Patty Kober, after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional celebrates with her family after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.  <br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional receives balloons and a cake, in box, foreground, from her parents, Kevin and Patty Kober, after she scored her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire. JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, center right, celebrates with her teammates after scoring her 1000th career point during a game against Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, left, scores her 1000th career point against Alexis McCrae of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, left, scores her 1000th career point against Alexis McCrae of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, right, grabs a loose ball beside Jill Beery of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional shoots after evading Alexis McCrae of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional, left, intercepts a pass intended for Jill Beery of Cathedral Friday at Hampshire.JERREY ROBERTS

WESTHAMPTON — The pregame festivities were a given on Friday night, but Sarah Kober and the Hampshire Regional girls basketball team ended up with two more reasons to celebrate.

Kober became the ninth girl in program history and the 14th Hampshire player overall to reach 1,000 career points as the Raiders defeated Cathedral 65-41 on senior night to clinch at least a share of the Bi-County East title.

“This couldn’t have been any better, being able to do this on my home court on senior night,” Kober said. “When I started as a freshman, I never thought then I’d get to this point. As these four years have gone by, I began to think more and more that I had a shot. But I never could have imagined a night like this.”

The senior forward put in a season-high 31 points with 12 rebounds in only 20 minutes of action. She came out late in the third quarter with the victory well in hand.

If Belchertown beats Palmer Saturday, Hampshire (15-3, 7-0) will need to win at Belchertown (12-5, 5-1) Monday at 7 p.m. for the outright crown.

“The team means more to me than the personal accomplishments, and winning this game makes us at least co-champs,” said Kober. “I always want my focus to be on the team and doing what I can to help us win every game. I played under some great players and they showed me how to step up my game and lead now that I’m a senior.”

Kober surpassed the 20-point mark for the 10th time this season, including a current streak of five straight in which she’s averaged 25.6.

“I haven’t pushed for it personally, but when we play well as a team my points seem to come naturally,” she said. “I didn’t want everyone passing me the ball the whole game. We moved the ball well, didn’t force anything. I just happened to get what I needed tonight.”

Entering the second half seven points away, it took Kober only 57 seconds to get there.

The final two came off a steal by Chelsea Moussette at half court. Kober quickly transitioned, ran through the lane and received one of Moussette’s seven assists for a layup.

“It worked out pretty well any time you can have senior night and 1,000 points, which is quite an accomplishment,” said coach Rich Moussette. “And that was a sweet play to get it on, running the floor.”

Kober put an exclamation point on the night by scoring 12 consecutive points to start the third as Hampshire increased its lead to 52-28.

“Anytime I get on a roll like that, my adrenaline takes over at that point and my only focus is on the game and the task at hand,” she said.

The second quarter put the win in the bank and the milestone within reach as Kober scored 13 of the team’s 21 points, and Hampshire took a commanding 39-22 advantage into the half.

The Raiders got off to a bit of a slow start, leading by just a point after the first quarter. Kober scored five points in the quarter, her first basket a 3-pointer from the left corner roughly midway through.

“With all the distractions in a game like this, players have a hard time focusing on what they have to do,” Moussette said. “Our defense spurred us on by allowing five points in the second. Everything else flowed from that.”

Once the Raiders started to execute on both ends of the floor, Kober was able to receive her touches within the natural flow of the game. A number of her baskets came on putbacks or loose balls, and she also knocked down eight free throws.

“I’ve grown both mentally and phsically as a player, and I feel my court sense has heightened over the years,” she said. “I’ve played the game for so long and I know where to be and what to do on the floor. And it helps to be able to play with such a great group of girls. We all click together as a team.”

Cathedral (4-14, 2-6) saw a 1,000-point celebration for the second consecutive night, as Palmer star Alyssa Darling reached the milestone Thursday night in Springfield.

“We played Palmer Wednesday and (Darling) came up nine points short in her final home game, and I really felt for her,” Kober said. “So that gave me some extra motivation to get it done at home.”

Senior Miranda Boucher had 11 points in her final regular-season home game, including three 3-pointers from the left wing. Her consecutive triples late in the third pushed the lead to 30.

“Miranda had a really nice game, which is great to see,” said Moussette. “She’s coming off a knee injury last year, and we’ve gotten her more involved. She’s a great leader, she really helps our team chemistry.”

Moussette and Kober both expressed relief that the milestone is behind them as Hampshire enters the final week of the regular season.

“I think now our team can feel a lot more comfortable with this stuff out of the way,” Moussette said. “We played a really tough game with Belchertown at home earlier and we expect the same at their place. It’s big for us in terms of the league and seeding.”

Said Kober, “We need to keep playing the way we are right now, because we seem to be doing something right. If we do that, we feel everything will fall into place.”

Michael Wilkinson can be reached at mwilkinson@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @mjwilk1237.

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