MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – It's not easy becoming the first to accomplish something historic. It takes consistency. It takes longevity. It takes hard work.
Penn State Harrisburg's Steph Yetter (Thompsontown, Pa. / East Juniata) knows this more than most. The senior captain has played well since starting her first game as a freshman way back in 2009. She has played all four years on the court inside the Capital Union Building. There is no telling how many hours she has spent in the gym.
Now, she is the first.
On Wednesday night, Feb. 13, Yetter became the first Penn State Harrisburg women's basketball player to score 1,000 career points since Harrisburg was accepted as a member of the NCAA. She joined former Lion Brooke Conjar (Steelton, Pa. / Steel-High) as the only ladies to reach the impressive scoring-mark.
Entering Wednesday's game against Penn State Berks, Yetter needed just one point to hit 1,000 for her career. Luckily for fans and family in attendance, she didn't keep them waiting long as it took her just 37 seconds to take care of business.
Yetter was fouled in the paint and stepped to the charity stripe for two free throws. She didn't need the second attempt. At the 19:23 mark, she sank her first foul shot and set off the hometown crowd's thunderous applause.
Before Yetter had time to react, teammate Miranda Zeanchock (Carrolltown, Pa. / Cambria Heights) embraced her at the foul line. Fellow senior captain Amanda Moyer (Carlisle, Pa. / Cumberland Valley) met her with balloons and a hug at the scorer's table. Head Coach Ross Patrick burned a 30-second timeout, allowing Yetter to visit her family at courtside.
The Lions capped off the unforgettable night with a 90-71 victory.
Yetter was also a 1,000-point scorer at East Juniata High School. Penn State Harrisburg public address announcer Jason Noll called both of her milestone baskets; special thanks to him for the videos provided below.
Penn State Harrisburg began NCAA play during the 2007-2008 athletic season. The Lions were accepted as full members of the association at the beginning of the 2010 campaign. Yetter will be presented with a plaque recognizing her accomplishment during Harrisburg's Senior Day ceremony on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16.
The above photos were provided by Bill Darrah and John Diffenderfer. A special thank you to them.