HILLMAN-Tonight will be a big night for Jensen Tchorzynski.
The Hillman senior is just two points shy of reaching 1,000 points for her career and she'll likely reach that plateau during the first quarter tonight when the Hillman girls basketball team hosts Mio at 7:30 p.m.
"It's like a big milestone for me," Tchorzynski said. "I always had the goal set in my mind."
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Hillman’s Jensen Tchorzynski (24) drives to the hoop during a girls basketball game earlier this season. Tchorzynski is two points shy of 1,000 for her career and will likely reach the mark tonight against Mio.
Tchorzynski would be one of just five Hillman girls basketball players to reach 1,000 career points and at her current pace she could finish among the top three in all-time scoring for the program by the end of the year.
This season she's averaging 20.1 points a game and 6.2 rebounds per game.
In her last seven games however, Tchorzynski has been on a tear, pouring in 24.7 points a game. Last week alone she scored 28 points twice and 22 in another game.
Her success has been crucial for the Tigers this season as Hillman has a younger squad than in years past. Tchorzynski is one of four seniors on the team and is looked to now for her leadership as much as her all-around ability.
"When I was a freshman, I had other girls I looked up to and now I feel like I'm that player (that's looked up to) and part of that tradition," Tchorzynski said.
As a freshman, Tchorzynski was one of Hillman's first options off the bench and by her sophomore season, she became a starter and one of the Tigers top scoring threats.
Hillman girls coach John Kuzewski has seen a lot of growth from Tchorzynski in her four years playing for the Tigers and said she's grown into a complete player despite her offensive prowess.
"She's definitely grown throughout her career and as much as we talk about offense, she's grown defensively too and handled the ball well throughout her career," Kuzewski said. "She's one of the most aggressive players I've ever coached in that she's not afraid to draw contact and she shoots very well."
Tchorzynski's recent offensive outburst should come in handy tonight against the Thunderbolts. The two teams have played each other very close in their last several meetings including the last game, a 44-36 Mio win on Jan. 10.
Kuzewski hopes being at home will be an advantage for his team and stressed the need to stop Mio on the outside.
"We always seem to get in a shootout with Mio. Hopefully that gives us an advantage," Kuzewski said. "We know they shoot a lot of threes so we working on trying to disrupt on offense, getting hands in their faces and not giving them open shots."
Tchorzynski reaching 1,000 points will be the third major scoring milestone in the area for girls basketball this season. Posen's Korynn Hincka topped 2,000 career points earlier this season and Alcona's Karina Cole recently became the school's all-time leading scorer.
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