Steinhoff becames fifth Lady Shamrock to top 1,000 points

Emily Kallmeyer who dished Rachel Steinhoff the pass, leading to her 1,000th point, dishes Rachel a ball with 1,000 on it.

By Kyle Quick

Prior to the start of Thursday night's game, Emily Kallmeyer presented Rachel Steinhoff with a green and white ball with the number 1,000 painted in gold lettering.

Monday February 11, 2013 at 8:46 p.m. Rachel Steinhoff joined an elite group of players to score over 1,000 career points.  Steinhoff becames the fifth player in history of The New Haven Girl’s Basketball program and just the second player to top 1,000 points before their senior year.

Scoring 1,000 points has never been a goal of Steinhoff’s in fact she was happier they were able to pick up a conference win against St. Clair that night.

Rachel has grown up watching her dad; Ray Steinhoff and brother Ryan Steinhoff both win State Championships saying, “They’re on the wall and that’s where I want to be.”

Steinhoff actually had no idea going into Monday’s game at St. Clair that she needed 16 points to reach 1,000, in fact she said, “I thought I was several games away yet and before someone at school mentioned there was a painted basketball in the art room it had never crossed my mind."

It was not until Steinhoff stood at the free throw line after being fouled, needing two points to hit 1,000 and suddenly notice some of her family jumping from the bleachers.

Steinhoff missed her first free throw, but making her second and now needing only one point.

Steinhoff said, “It didn’t make much of a difference had this happened at home or not…it’s not really a big deal to me.  I was just glad to get a conference win there.” [St. Clair]

Steinhoff said, “I don’t like a lot of attention.  I feel like I’ve had so many good teammates and coaches throughout the years that it’s not really much of a personal thing for me.  I feel as a group we achieved this…yes the attention was on me, but this was a team accomplishment.”

Steinhoff said, “I would rather win a State Championship with my teammates more than anything else and there is nothing that can change this.  I have the greatest teammates in the world and cannot imagine anything better than winning a state title together.”

Steinhoff career notes:

Steinhoff has been a varsity starter since her freshmen year.  Steinhoff scored 16 points in her first game against Mexico on Nov. 24, 2010 in the Montgomery County Tournament.

To date; Steinhoff has scored in all 82 games, setting her career high for points in a single game, scoring 22 points in last year’s South Callaway Tournament against Russellville.

Congratulations Rachel and we would love nothing better than watching the Lady Shamrocks bring home a state title.