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Boys basketball: Null reaches milestone, Indians drop Panthers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One milestone for a high school basketball player is to score 1,000 career points.

The Sissonville boys basketball program can boast two players with that achievement - and Trent Stowers and Zach Null accomplished the feat in back-to-back games.

Stowers went over the mark last week in a victory over Nicholas County. On Monday night, Null also eclipsed 1,000 points.

Null not only did so in his last home game in an Indians uniform, it also came in postseason play in Sissonville's 70-51 victory over Clay County in Class AA Region 4, Section 1 action.

With the win, Sissonville (9-14) advances, but has a quick turnaround when it goes on the road to face No. 1 seed Poca (16-6) at 6 p.m. today.

"I'm glad for Zach that he got to it on the home court," Sissonville Coach Rich Skeen said. "This was our last home game ever for those guys. It was good that it happened here. I'm very happy for both Zach and Trent."

Null came into the game needing 27 points to reach the mark and accomplished the feat on a jumper just inside the 3-point line with 2:27 remaining in the game. The senior finished with 28 points and now has 1,001 career points.

The point guard indicated he had a tough time focusing on both the individual mark and trying to get the victory for the team, especially early on.

"Everyone was talking to me about it but I was trying to focus," said Null, who also had eight assists, five rebounds and five steals. "When the game started, I thought I was going to have to start scoring but then again, we have to focus on winning too. I knew as long as we won, we would have another game and I would have another chance."

Needing just one point and with Sissonville comfortably ahead, Null knew he was close.

He received a pass with 3:09 left and was wide open for a 3-pointer, but upon going up for the shot, he came back down with the ball in his hands, causing a turnover. On the next possession, he missed a wild circus shot in the lane.

"I had my mom in the stands and everyone telling me I was one point away," Null said. "On the 3-pointer, I was like 'This is going in' but it slipped right out of my hand. It was the worst."

Null was happy to finally achieve the mark on his jumper with just over two minutes to play, sending Sissonville fans and students onto their feet to acknowledge the milestone.

"It feels good to get the 1,000th point," Null said. "It's a weight lifted off my shoulders. It's sweet, especially at home. I love playing here. We have the best fans. They always support us no matter what our record is."

Null only scored three points his freshman season and made the switch from shooting guard his sophomore and junior year to point guard this year.

Stowers also reached the milestone in front of the home crowd.

"It meant a lot to me and made my season," Stowers said. "Well, other than the postseason. It was a great atmosphere and you could tell the crowd got into it. It's great. I'm glad Zach got to get his at home, too, and not on the road."

"It's something to remember," Null added. "It's one of the best feelings sharing it with Trent. We are best friends. We grew up playing together. It's a great feeling."


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