LOUISVILLE — It took a lot of time and effort to get to this point, but Emerson Herrmann is officially on milestone watch.
A University of California San Diego commit, Herrmann scored 38 points as a freshman and improved drastically scoring-wise in each successive season, pouring in 268 points as a sophomore and 392 as a junior last season. Through the first 12 games of her senior season, Herrmann is averaging 17.6 points a night.
After scoring 24 points in the Coyotes' 51-33 win over Brighton on Monday night, Herrmann has 926 career points. If she simply continues to score her average, Herrmann should reach 1,000 for her prep career in five or so games.
The Coyotes have 10 games left in the regular season and are looking more and more like a playoff team with each passing day, so let's just say Herrmann's chances of hitting 1,000 are pretty good.
"I'm super excited about that and I hope I can reach it pretty soon," Herrmann said. "I know I've worked really hard. And my teammates have really helped me when I've tried to score because they know they can give me the ball and I'll do my best to put it in. Getting to that 1,000 would be great and I know my teammates would be so happy for me, as well."
A talented and hard-working post player, Herrmann has been a staple on a Monarch Coyotes club that is turning things around following a 2017-18 campaign in which they went 4-20. This winter, the Coyotes (11-2, 2-1 Front Range) have already far surpassed last season's win total and appear to have significant potential to approach.
As excited as she is about approaching her own personal milestone, Herrmann said she is perhaps even more thrilled with the team's success.
"I'm really happy about that and I'm really proud of our team," Herrmann said. "Coming back from last year with a lot more wins and a much better record, we really want to keep it going. A lot of our fans, they want to come watch us now that we have a winning record."
Coming off a 73-43 loss to No. 4-ranked Fossil Ridge on Friday that snapped a 10-game win streak, the Coyotes got back in the win column in Monday's non-conference game.
The game's landscape changed early when, with the visiting Bulldogs (7-7, 2-0 East Metro) leading 5-0, Brighton's senior guard and leading scorer Kaylah Lewis injured her knee just a minute and a half in. Then midway through the second quarter, sophomore guard Tori Hendricks, Brighton's second-leading scorer, left the game with an ankle injury.
Despite the Bulldogs' losses, the game was tied 28-28 at halftime.
In the second half, Monarch pulled away by outscoring the Bulldogs 10-4 in the third quarter and holding their opponents to a total of five points in the final two frames.
"It's been baby steps but we're getting better," MoHi head coach Gail Hook said. "We're starting to understand what we're trying to run and what's expected of them. I was really impressed with the quality minutes coming off the bench tonight. I liked how we rebounded tonight, as opposed to Friday night.
"For us to be successful, we need everybody to contribute and for everybody to make a difference. We're starting to see that so I'm pleased with that. I thought we handled the press and worked the ball around, getting it inside-outside instead of just coming down the court, passing and shooting. When we do all those things, it just makes us that much tougher."
Herrmann and the Coyotes will be back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to play Arvada West. Tipoff will be at 7 p.m.
Monarch 51, Brighton 33
At Monarch H.S.
Pomrenke 0 0-0 0, Bruin 1 1-1 3, Doyle 0 0-1 0, Hendricks 0 0-0 0, Antonopoulos 2 0-1 5, Fleck 0 3-4 3, Lewis 1 0-0 3, Lara 0 0-0 0, Byrnes 0 1-2 1, Peterson 2 0-0 4, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Waters 5 0-3 14. Totals 11 5-12 33.
Thrower 1 0-0 2, Kennie 0 0-0 0, Russo 1 1-4 3, Reading 1 2-4 4, Schmanski 1 2-3 4, Trujillo 0 0-0 0, Butler 2 0-0 4, Taht 1 2-2 4, Isaacson 1 4-6 6, Herrmann 9 5-5 24. Totals 17 16-24 51.
Score by quarters:Brighton 12 16 4 1 — 33
3-point field goals — Brighton (6): Waters 4, Lewis, Antonopoulos; Monarch (1): Herrmann. Total fouls — Brighton 19, Monarch 14.