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MVP's Emilee Fox joins elite company by reaching 2,000 career points

Feb. 6—PLANKINTON, S.D. — Not many reach 1,000 career points. Only a select few double up and push for 2,000.

On Friday, Feb. 2, Mount Vernon/Plankinton senior Emilee Fox became the newest member of an exclusive club as the 36th player in South Dakota high school girls basketball history to reach the lofty milestone.

Midway through the second quarter, Fox snagged an offensive rebound and turned to dribble the ball out of traffic. But after a few strides along the baseline, the 5-foot-8 guard realized she was left nearly uncovered and quickly reversed her path to go in for a layup that elevated her career total to 2,001 points.

"It's really special. It takes hard work, good coaching and good teammates. I'm so grateful for all of them and lucky to be a part of it," Fox said of reaching the milestone. "... Being on your home court when it happens, it's just that much more special. Most of the community was able to be there, so it was fun to share the moment with them, too."

As Fox's layup dropped through the net, an anxious crowd, obviously aware of what Fox was chasing and exactly what she needed to get there, erupted. MVP head coach Preston Kristensen promptly called a timeout to give the crowd an extra moment to shower Fox with applause.

Fox and the Titans went into halftime trailing by one point but controlled the second half for a 60-41 win. For a player Kristensen praises as being "always about the team," Fox's postgame reaction to the moment seemed only fitting.

"I was just like, 'Let's get to that mark so we can focus on winning this game," Fox said afterward.

With the win secured, the Titans stayed on the court to further celebrate Fox's accomplishment. Kristensen made a few brief remarks and presented Fox with a commemorative basketball and a large banner, which naturally drew even more applause along with countless congratulations and photos after leaving the court.

Kristensen, MVP's coach during all of Fox's high school career, wanted to create a memory for Fox, who he described as "one of the most humble kids I've met."

"Everything she's done on the court and the type of kid she is, she deserved every bit of that recognition," Kristensen said. "She's special to the community, special to our team, and she's not one to brag about any accomplishment, so we wanted to do something special for her."

Fox, a South Dakota State women's basketball signee, ranks as the MVP career leader in points — now at 2,025 and counting — along with 3-point field goals (rapidly approaching 400), assists (eclipsed 500 last month) and steals (362 and counting). She's within 70 rebounds of breaking the program record in that category, too.

As MVP, with an 11-3 record and top-10 position in the Class A standings as of Feb. 5, navigates a difficult schedule in the final weeks of the regular season, Fox will continue to be looked toward to power the Titans. But it's not about points, rebounds or assists. There's no number she's thinking about chasing.

Fox's next aim was set before the season began: "I want to get to the SoDak 16 and get to state."