Macy Williams has always looked up to her big sister Chelsey on the basketball court.
Chelsey, now Zimmerman, was a 5-foot-10 do-it-all scorer and a three-year starter for the Knights in the mid-2000s. She could and did play all five positions on the basketball court, finishing as the school’s all-time leading scorer in 2005.
On Friday, little sister joined elite company.
Macy’s three-pointer from the right corner 21 seconds into the second half of the Knights’ 61-24 victory over Nishnabotna put little sister in the Knights’ 1,000 point club. It’s a club with just one other member: big sister Chelsey.
“Ever since I was little I’d look at the stats, I was probably eight years old and in my head I’d say, ‘I’m going to break all my sister’s records,” Macy said after the game. “I’m just so happy to have her as a role model. She’s pretty much shaped me into being the player I am.”
Chelsey capped her career in 2005 with 1,017 before going on to play for Dana College. Macy finished Friday’s game with 17 points to giver her 1,005 for her career. Meaning Macy, who entered the game fourth in the Corner Conference in scoring at over 18 points per game and first in assists with 88 on the season, will likely become the school’s all-time leading scorer in the Knights’ next game.
Rod Williams, the Knights’ coach, and father to both Chelsey and Macy, said he did his best to keep Macy’s stats and her sister’s attendance at Friday’s game under wraps. When Macy’s bucket passed through the net eclipsing 1,000 career points, Rod called a timeout allowing Chelsey to present her sister with a plaque commemorating the moment.
“I had not said one word to her about the 1,000 points coming in,” said Rod. “I bet she was thinking I didn’t know she was close. It’s a great accomplishment for the middle of her junior year. We brought Chelsey back to hand her the award. It was a great night.”
Macy knew she was close to the milestone – just how close she’s not sure.
“I knew I was close. I kind of choked up there afterward,” Macy said. “My hands were really shaking when my sister came out. I haven’t seen her in a while. It was exciting. I had no idea she was coming. I can’t believe I cried in front of everybody.”
While Macy is proud of her accomplishment, she downplays her individual accolades for the team’s goals.
“We’ve come so far as a team,” she said. “It’s exciting. But this is just another game and we got the win. I guess this was just icing on the cake.”