Tyrone’s Shaw Joins the 1,000 Point Club

The team celebrates with Shaw as the crowd shows its appreciation for her 1,000 point achievement.

Like she’s done many times before in her basketball career, Tyrone senior Sydney Shaw led all scorers on Wednesday night with 22 points in a 55-39 Mountain League victory over rival Central.

But what made this night extra special was one particular jumper from the baseline with 4:02 left in the first quarter.

That was the shot that put Shaw over the 1,000 career point mark.

I was nervous and excited at the same time. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches

— Sydney Shaw

It was moment Shaw has been working for since the beginning of her high school basketball career, and she didn’t hesitate to shine.

“I was nervous and excited at the same time,” said Shaw. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches.”

Shaw made her Lady Eagle starting debut as a freshman, getting her first start in a district playoff game for injured senior Finnely Christine.

Since then she has developed into a great teammate and leader on and off the court.

It’s not about her at all, she’s about the team,” said Tyrone head coach Luke Rhoades to the Altoona Mirror after the game, “For her to get (to 1,000 points), has been due to a lot of hard work. She has hit some big shots for us.”

The home crowd prepared by making signs that said “1,000” to hold up when the big moment came.

When it arrived Shaw received posters, flowers, and gifts from her teammates, family and fans.

Shaw’s teammates and coaches were all proud of her and glad they could be by her side for support.

“I was happy for Syd because of all the hard work she has committed to working on her shot,” said Rhoades. 

Although the moment is over, the memory will always remain for Shaw, who was happy to share the moment with her team, including her sister, sophomore Shannon Shaw.

I’m one of the select few people to be able to do that in my career, and it’s special to me that I got to do it on a team with my sister and my best friends,” said Shaw.

Shaw is unsure if she will continue playing basketball after high school, but right now she is just looking forward to finishing her senior season strong.

“I think she’ll continue to shoot the ball well. She’ll continue to become the player we all know she can be,” said her teammate and friend Reilly Ronan.