PV’s Dubosky tops scoring milestone
Panther Valley’s Erika Dubosky reached 1,000 career points Friday in a game at Lehighton. With her, from left, are sister Jenna, mother Chris, brother Chad, and father Mike. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
It was a typical Erika Dubosky moment.
The Panther Valley junior received the ball in the post, found herself double-teamed, and tried to go up for a shot — only to be fouled.
Over the past few years, that scenario has become fairly common.
But on Friday night, when it happened with 1:08 left in the third quarter at Lehighton, the situation was a little different.
Dubosky knew it. Her teammates knew it. And the people in the stands knew it.
Needing just one more point to reach 1,000 in her career, PV’s top player calmly sank her first free throw to set off a celebration by her teammates and coaching staff.
“Yeah, I knew; they told me in the locker room (at halftime) that I needed one more point,” said Dubosky, who entered the game with 993. “I was trying to get it Wednesday when we played Jim Thorpe, but nothing was working for me ... As I was getting closer (to 1,000), I was scoring less, but now that I got it off my chest, it’s a big relief.”
“She lives up the street from me,” said Panther Valley head coach William “Dapper” Lynn. “I don’t care what the weather is, she’s outside with a volleyball or a basketball — her and her sister and her brother. Everything she’s got, she deserves. She just works. She’s all-state in volleyball, and in basketball she’ll probably get some recognition. She just loves the game. She works and works and works. That’s what I like about her. I’ll go by the Ginder in the rain and she’s out there playing. She’s a great kid. I’m proud of her, and she’s only a junior.”
With the rest of this season and all of next year left, Dubosky now has another goal in mind.
“I started playing in fourth grade, but got into competitive basketball in seventh and eighth grade,” said Dubosky, who is averaging 20.8 points per game this season. “I knew I could be a good player, and now I want to beat the school record.”
Dubosky is just the ninth PV girls player to reach four digits and the first since Trish O’Gurek in 2001. Nadia Gauronsky owns the school’s overall mark at 1,554. The others to reach 1,000 include Lacey Gonzalez (1,548), Eileen Ogozalek (1,319), Esther Hoffer (1,299), Ellen Ogozalek (1,297), Brenda Morgans (1,280), Maryann Santore (1,111) and O’Gurek (1,088).
That she reached the milestone at the foul line wasn’t a surprise. As it turned out, that was actually her preference.
“Probably the foul line,” was her response as to where she wanted to get point No. 1,000. “I really struggled tonight, but most of the time I score most of my points from the foul line.”
“Every team we play, I don’t care who it is, they double-team her,” said Lynn. “It doesn’t matter who it is, they just double her.”
Dubosky has proven to be double-trouble for opponents in two sports, as she’s also one of the top players on the school’s volleyball team, which has won three straight district titles.
Being a part of both teams has both its plusses and minuses, though.
“It’s hard, because our postseason runs (in volleyball) last long,” Dubosky said. “Our basketball teams gets started, and I’m not at the practices because of playing volleyball. I could definitely go to the gym a lot more (if I didn’t have volleyball). I enjoy both sports. Basketball is probably my favorite. When I was younger, I used to like volleyball ,but I grew to love (basketball) a lot more.”
What Dubosky doesn’t love is her team missing the playoffs. The Panthers were 6-16 her first two years, and currently own a 4-10 mark this season.
“It does get frustrating (not being on a winning team), but our team is really working a lot harder than previous years and we’re trying to focus on powering the ball inside more,” she said. “Our defense needs some improvement, but we’re getting there.”
Time will only tell if Dubosky gets close to the all-time PV mark, but whether she does or not, she’ll always have the respect from her head coach.
“She’s got a great chance,” said Lynn. “Finish out this year strong, and go into next year ... When it’s volleyball season, she’s at volleyball. But she also puts a lot of time into basketball. She might have volleyball practice, but then she’ll go home and dribble. She works at her game all year long. She’s just a great athletic kid. I wish I had five more of her.”