Murphy's Stroup reaches 1,000-point mark
Hayesville – The 1,000-point threshold is difficult for any athlete to attain in high school basketball.
But this is no ordinary athlete. This is Emma Stroup, a senior at Murphy High School and another addition to the exclusive club.
With 2:20 left in the first quarter of the finals of the Smoky Mountain Conference tournament championship game against Cherokee Friday, Stroup received an inbound pass from Aubrey Clapsaddle and promptly deposited the ball into the basket. The bucket not only gave Stroup her first points of the game and Murphy a 9-8 lead, but it also etched her name into another section of the Murphy record books, as she officially sat at 1,001 points for her career following the score.
Stroup finished the game with 13 points and with the state playoffs getting underway this week, she will only add to the achievement.
“Emma will tell you that she’s all about winning,” coach Ray Gutierrez said. “She’s so competitive and she’s such a good teammate. When you reach these individual milestones and you do it on a night where you also have 18 rebounds, how special is that? She’s been a key contributor to our success all year long and I don’t think we could be where we are without her. I’m so proud of her. “
At the press deadline, Stroup leads the conference in rebounds (11.3 per game), stacks up third in blocks (1.7 PG), is fourth in the conference in points (12.8 PPG) and is ranked sixth in steals (2.6).
“It’s a pretty cool feeling,” Stroup said. “It feels great to be a part of an elite club. I’m thankful for my teammates, who have helped me in the past and this year, as well. We’ve all worked hard since the summer and it’s starting to pay off.”