Rose Joins 1000 Point Club
Adiza Alasa, Veritas Staff
Rockland High School senior Kyra Rose scored her 1000th career point on Monday, Dec. 28 in win against Cheshire, Connecticut. Rose scored her 1000th point off of a lay-up during a set play at the start of the second half. The crowd was thoroughly engaged in the game, anxiously awaiting Rose’s highlight basket.
Rose’s milestone is just one of her many achievements during her varsity basketball career. A four year starter, Rose has been named a league All-Star and All-Scholastic player each year. She was named the South Shore League MVP as only a sophomore. Last season, Rose helped lead her team to the semifinal round of the Division III South State Tournament, averaging 15 points per game. She entered her senior season needing only 39 more points to reach 1000.
Rose said her big night was made special because of all the support she received. As it was a home game during holiday break, many of Rose’s classmates, former teammates, and Rockland High School alumni attended the game to witness her feat. Rose’s teammates showed their support along with the JV team who made posters and signs for the game.
Rose said she is relieved to have reached the 1000 point milestone as she was “excited and a little nervous” leading up to it.
Sophomore starter Erika Ochenduszko appreciates her teammate’s achievement and admires her leadership on the court. “Kyra Rose is the best teammate I’ve ever had. She makes me a better player when I play with her. She’s not only a player, but she’s like a coach. I can always count on her for words of wisdom. She always knows what to say on the court,” said Ochenduszko.
Among several other things, Ochenduszko will most miss Rose’s positive energy. “I don’t want to see a Rockland High School without a Kyra Rose. Not only am I going to miss her as a teammate, but also as a friend.” Ochenduszko is going to continue to enjoy the last season she has with Rose and will not take for granted the time she has left to play with her.
Coach Diana Mitchell describes Rose as “[a player who is] able to make quick and accurate decisions, plays and has an impact in every aspect of the game, [and] makes everyone around her better.” Rose’s knowledge of the game makes her an excellent floor general in addition to player. “She is an extension of myself on the court and says and does things without me having to tell her,” said Miss Mitchell.
A 1000 point scorer herself, Miss Mitchell is extremely happy for Rose. “She deserves the accomplishment and [I am] excited to add her name to the rafter,” said Coach Mitchell. Rose was a freshman when Miss Mitchell became the varsity coach. After Rose graduates this year, the coach will most miss her leadership and the familiarity of having her on the court. “She has made it very easy for me and it’s going to be very hard to adjust without her.”
All of Kyra Rose’s hard work has paid off as now her name will be on the 1000 Point Club banner along with thirteen other of Rockland’s highest scorers.