Katerina Dakos, senior girls’ varsity basketball captain, netted her 1,000th career point on Thursday, February 1 when Newark Academy hosted University High School. Kat recorded 14 points and seven rebounds in the contest.
It is important to note that Newark Academy only played four games during Kat’s freshman year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making the 1,000 point mark an even more impressive feat.
“I want to thank Coach Bona, Coach Mike, Coach McGee and my teammates for helping me reach this goal,” says Kat. “It actually wasn’t always a goal of mine, but as I neared the 1,000 point mark and I realized that it was attainable, I began to work towards it. I am very glad that this is not the end of my basketball career and I look forward to continuing at the collegiate level next year.”
This season, Kat is averaging 17 points per game and 6 rebounds per game. She has committed to Division III Christopher Newport University to continue her basketball career next year.
“I am really proud of Kat for surpassing this milestone,” Head Coach Liz Bona says. “She is the type of player to drive to the basket and take those tough looks inside. She is a hard worker and deserves the recognition.”
Kat is the fifth player in program history to reach this milestone. She joins current WNBA player Jocelyn Willoughby ’16 (1,707 career points), Sam Keller ’19 (1,029 career points) and Ivy Bethea ’19 (1,022 career points) and current teammate Dagny Slomack ’24 (1,251 career points to date).
Last season, Kat helped lead the Minutemen to a 21-6 record and the Prep B championship title.