WCHS all-time leading scorer McKinney now the lone member of exclusive club
WEBSTER CITY — It was fitting really. A pull-up 3-pointer from the left wing — a shot Taylor McKinney has taken more times than she can count.
And when the ball went through the hoop and tickled the net on its way to the ground, she knew. The celebration that ensued in the Webster City student section and the ovation she received from the Lynx crowd signaled they all knew as well.
McKinney had just entered an exclusive club that has exactly one member. She may be lonely for a long, long time too.
The Webster City senior’s triple with 2:55 remaining in the second quarter against Boone Saturday evening moved her past 1,000 career points, a feat that no other Lynx 5-on-5 player has ever accomplished.
“When that shot went in, I was definitely overjoyed and overcome with emotions,” McKinney, who scored 21 points in the Lynx 47-45 upset victory over the 15th-ranked (Class 4A) Toreadors, said. “Seeing my classmates raise the papers with 1,000 on them, that was a really cool moment. I didn’t know that was going to happen.”
It was McKinney’s school-record 141st 3-pointer and school-record 350th field goal (are you sensing a pattern?) that gave her ownership of the newest milestone in a career full of them. She broke the all-time points record a season ago and will spend the rest of this season making it that much more difficult on the next WCHS prodigy to catch her.
“That’s great for her and so well deserved,” WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said. “She’s the only young lady in Webster City history to ever do that … that tells you that you’ve put time in the gym and you’re dedicated to the sport.”
In all, McKinney currently holds seven single-game, single-season and career school records with a handful more that could slide into her pocket over the next three months.
McKinney entered the contest needing 11 points to reach 1,000. Six free throws in the initial 11 minutes inched her closer and a 3-pointer from the right side of the court at the 4:30 mark of the second period put her one field goal away.
She finished the first half with 14 points and then scored seven more — highlighted by her third 3 of the night — in the final 4:25 of the game to spark a late 10-0 Lynx surge that put Boone on its heels.
McKinney finished 10 of 12 at the charity stripe. She’s a career 76 percent free throw shooter, 82 percent over the past three seasons.
The smile that was permanently plastered on McKinney’s face following the game had little to do with the achievement though. Upsetting a top-15 team carried more weight than any individual accolade.
“Getting to 1,000 points is really cool, but beating Boone and getting that win were much more important,” she said. “This really puts us in a good position and I know our team is really going to fight.”
“You want the win first and then you also want her to achieve her goal,” the coach said. “To have both happen was special.”
McKinney sits on 1,010 career points entering Tuesday’s home game against Pocahontas Area.