Faith Lake’s 1,000th point memorable for an old sports guy

Faith Lake gets a hug from her mother, Nikki, after scoring her 1,000th career point Saturday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)


HARRODSBURG — Sometimes you get to enjoy a moment that you are sure you’ll remember for a long, long time.

I had one of those Saturday here when the No. 3 Mercer County girls scored 60 points in the first half and rolled past Cambell County behind 28 points and seven rebounds from Emmy Souder.

However, the magical moment came with 48 seconds to play when Mercer junior Faith Lake battled to rebound her own missed shot three times before getting the putback to draw a rousing ovation because it was her 1,000th career point.

Teammates Seygan Robbins (a Louisville commit) and Lyric Houston are already over a 1,000 points. Juniors Emma Davis and Lexy Lake (Faith’s twin sister) will go over the mark next year. They are Southeast Missouri commits along with Faith Lake. Souder will also go over 1,000 points next year and has Division I offers.

But what makes this moment even more special is that when I still got to work for The Advocate-Messenger, I covered Mercer County standout athlete Nikki Bugg — the twins’ mother. She was a standout sprinter who still owns the school record in the 100-meter dash in 12.87 seconds and 200 in 25.83. She also had a personal best of 1:00.17 in the 400 dash and went 15-5 in the long jump

No wonder the Lake twins are so quick on the court or that it didn’t take Nikki Lake very long to get to the court to hug Faith Lake after the game ended.

It was just one of those moments an old sports guy really appreciated and always will.



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