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LaTulip reaches 1,000 career points as Vikings win on Parents Night

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki Posen's Cami LaTulip grabs a rebound during the second quarter of a girls basketball game on Thursday at Posen High School.

POSEN — Thursday night couldn’t have gone much better for Posen’s Cami LaTulip.

The senior took the court on Parents Night needing just 20 points to reach 1,000 for her career.

LaTulip didn’t waste much time in scoring her 1,000th point as she cashed in on the front end of a pair of free throw attempts with 8.3 seconds left in the first half to reach 20 points on the night and 1,000 in her career. She was congratulated and honored by teammates, coaches and family members after making the free throw.

“It means a lot to score 1,000 points, but even though it’s an individual accomplishment of mine, it’s a team effort because without my teammates, my coaches and my family, I would have never been able to make it,” LaTulip said. “It was very special to have my grandfather here and coach Kevin (Romel) back and it really meant a lot to me.”

Along with netting her 1,000th point, LaTulip finished the night with a career-high 26 points to lead the Vikings to their seventh consecutive victory as Posen blew past Fairview by a final score of 50-18.

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki Cami LaTulip is was honored during and after the game for scoring her 1,000th career point in a win over Fairview. LaTulip also finished the night with a career high 26 points on parents night.

“It was a real special night. Getting Cami the 1,000 points on Parents Night and especially in the first half was quite an accomplishment. She’s had a great career, she’s a great leader, she’s going to end her career with over 1,000 points and 900 rebounds so that’s quite remarkable,” Posen coach Karl Momrik said.

LaTulip got off to a fast start, scoring nine points in the opening quarter and added 10 more in the second before getting fouled with 8.3 seconds left.

LaTulip made the first of two free throw attempts and realized what she had accomplished after she was greeted with hugs by her teammates before receiving an ovation from her coaches and the fans.

“I wasn’t really nervous at any point and I just thought whatever happens, happens and I’m just glad that it did happen,” LaTulip said. “I was a little surprised that I got them all in the first half because I thought it was going to happen in the fourth quarter, but we got it in the first half. It’s a lot to take in, but I feel blessed.”

Along with LaTulip’s fast start, Brooke Ciarkowski came out of the gate hot and the two combined for all but two of the Vikings first half points as they held a commanding 31-8 lead at the break.

LaTulip added two points in the third and four more in the fourth to finish with a game high 26 points as Posen had no trouble at all taking care of the Eagles and improving to 12-6 overall on the year and 11-3 in North Star League play.

“I think moving forward we’re all looking to win the district. I think a lot of people don’t expect it, but we’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season so that’s what we’re looking to do and as a senior, I’m hoping that we can accomplish that,” LaTulip said.

Along with LaTulip’s 26 points, Ciarkowski added 12 points on the night to propel the Vikings to victory.

Addison Goy led Fairview with five points and Jaedyn Winton added four points.

Posen will look to make it eight in a row on Monday when it hosts Wolverine.

The Posen JV team improved to 15-1 overall on the year with a 38-17 win over Fairview.

Lizzy Romel paced the Vikings with 11 points. Karina Rac finished with 10 points and Makayla Kamyszek added nine points.

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BOX SCORE: Field goals made/Free throws made/Free throws attempted/Total Points

POSEN (50): F. E. Romel 3 0-0 6; C. LaTulip 11 3-4 26; F. A. Romel 1 0-0 2; H. Stone 1 0-0 2; B. Ciarkowski 5 1-4 12; M. Menzel 1 0-0 2.

FAIRVIEW (18): S. Smith 1 0-2 2; A. Goy 2 1-2 5; J. Winton 1 2-2 4; P. Jenkins 1 1-3 3; G. Ford 1 0-1 2; V. Kalbfleisch 1 0-0 2.