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Mercer reaches 2,000 points for Velma-Alma

VELMA  Trailing Empire by three points in a winner-take-all game for the Oil Field Conference title, the Velma-Alma girls basketball team huddled together in a timeout  far more concerned about winning than realizing what just happened.

History was just re-written that Feb. 1 night, but Velma-Alma senior scoring sensation Lyndei Mercer wasn't aware she had just reached 2,000 career points  an extraordinarily rare milestone in high school basketball.

On her home court that night, Mercer  according to the Oklahoma State Historical Society  became the 40th girl in Oklahoma history to reach 2,000 career points and the first girl in Stephens County ever to do so.

"It was amazing. I was so happy to do it here at home," Mercer said. "That was the best feeling with everybody that I know here to witness me reach it and be a part of it."

Coming into the game, Mercer needed 24 points. Averaging 27 per game her senior year made it seem like a rather small feat. When you're double and even triple-teamed most trips down the court, it's not so simple.

Mercer's family and Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare had the festivities for the celebration ready just in case.

"She had no idea," Bare said. "She knew she was getting close but she didn't want to know."

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