Sisters each score 1,000th career point in same New Jersey prep basketball game

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Sisters Ashli (left) and Aliyah Jeune each dedicated their 1,000th career point to older brother Anthony (center) -- The Star-Ledger
Sisters Ashli (left) and Aliyah Jeune each dedicated their 1,000th career point to older brother Anthony (center) -- The Star-Ledger

A week ago, Ron Kessler had only coached a single 1,000-point scorer in his career. On Friday night, the Burlington Township (N.J.) Life Center Academy girls' basketball coach added two more to that short list -- both, remarkably, donning the same last name.

Within four minutes of each other in a 57-52 loss to Landover (Md.) Capitol Christian Academy over the weekend, sisters Ashli and Aliyah Jeune both reached the prestigious 1,000-point plateau in their team's homecoming game, according to The Star-Ledger.

“We both knew at some point we were going to get our 1,000 points,” Ashli, 17, told Star-Ledger prep sports reporter Matt Stanmyre. “But we never imagined that we were going to get it on the exact same day. This whole thing is just, like, mind-blowing.”

And, somehow, the Jeune family's night got even more emotional. The two sisters dedicated their achievements to their older brother, Anthony, a former Cherry Hill (N.J.) Camden Catholic High standout and Division I basketball recruit whose career was cut short 37 points shy of 1,000 as the result of a car accident on his way home from a game on Feb. 17, 2007. His younger sisters each presented him with their 1,000-point ball.

“Basically, it’s for him,” Aliyah, 16, told The Star-Ledger. “We know he aspired to do it, so we wanted to finish his goal for him.”

The Jeune sisters are both headed to Rutgers on Division I scholarships. The 5-foot-10 Ashli is a three-star senior guard averaging 9.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.8 assists per game. Meanwhile, the 6-foot Aliyah is a four-star junior guard averaging 14.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals for the Warriors (13-8).

According to the NJ.com account, the two girls each reached 999 points in a 58-29 blowout at Philadelphia's Girard College Prep last Tuesday and asked Kessler to give them a shot at surpassing 1,000 points together on their home floor three nights later.

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