SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Two G.W. Long girls made history this basketball season joining a very exclusive group of Rebel women who hit the 1,000 points mark for their career.
Emmaline Hughes and Makenna Long have been starters on varsity since they were eighth grade.
Now seniors, over the last five years they’ve become stand out shooters for the Rebels.
In an away game against rival Ariton on Jan. 21 they both scored their one thousandth point and then some.
“Before the game my dad told me that I was at 999 so when I scored everybody cheered really loud and it was just kind of an exciting moment,” Hughes said.
“It was a really big accomplishment,” Long said. “We put in a lot of time and effort at practice. We weren’t always focused on just my points, it was always a good contribution for the team. It just was very exciting.”
As cousins, Long and Hughes have been playing sports together since they were young.
During their time at G.W. Long they’ve contributed to multiple volleyball and softball state championship teams and two basketball final four appearances.
Needless to say this is just another addition to the girls’ incredible resume and sharing the moment was special.
“It was a fun moment for everybody to clap for us at the same time and for us to be able to enjoy it together because we’ve played our whole lives and always done a lot of our stuff together and even practiced and put in most of our time together,” Long said.
So how did the girls pull off scoring 1,000 points?
“Definitely a lot to do with our coaches,” Hughes said. “They push us every day at practice and we just put in a lot of hard work to get to where we’re at.”
The Rebels are coached by Hughes’ dad and Long’s uncle, Jody Hughes.
Coach Hughes says along with their scoring ability, their leadership is invaluable to the success of this program.
“Our younger players have have definitely benefited from being able to watch them play, but not only play in a game, but practice,” Coach Hughes said. “Every day at practice their work ethic is great.”
Right now the Rebels’ record is 17-3 and they hope to bring the first girls basketball state title home to Skipperville.
The next time you can catch Emmaline, Makenna and the rest of the lady Rebels in action is Friday night when they take on rival Ariton at home.