Nothing But Net

Senior Emily Barrett marked a milestone in her basketball career when she surpassed the 1,000-point mark at the Jan. 9 game against Monte Vista High School.

Emily is a senior guard, captain, four-year varsity letter winner and starter for the girls basketball team. She surpassed the 1,000-point mark at the Monte Vista game, ultimately scoring an incredible 16 points at that game and celebrating a team victory.

"It’s quite an accomplishment," Coach Bruce Funk said. "It really requires you to play varsity all four years. Obviously, you have to average 250 points a year. You have to average double figures (per game) for four years. From freshman to senior year, she’s been averaging double figures."

She currently averages an impressive 15 points and seven rebounds per game. Her current career total, as of Jan. 20, stands at 1,069 points. Only a handful of high school athletes achieve this milestone. The last Foothill girls basketball player to reach this mark was 2012 graduate Madison Craig.

Emily blew out her Achilles heel last summer, an injury that required surgery, making her accomplishments on the court this year even more amazing.

"She worked really, really hard to come back from her injury in the summer," Funk said. "She got clearance to play at the end of November and was on the court in December. That takes a special individual with a tough mindset to do that."

Emily is close to reaching 1,000 rebounds in her high school career, but will fall about 150 short of that goal by the end of the season.

"She’s an all-around player — she scores, she rebounds, she brings the ball up, she’s excellent at assist," Funk said. "She’s usually the focal point of the other team’s defense."

Emily was recognized for her rare achievement by Foothill staff, team and fans before the Jan. 23 home game against Livermore.

Story by Zoe Francis
Team photo courtesy of Gina Lyng