Jazmin Hildebrand (left) became just the second female basketball player from Martin to surpass 1,000 points in career scoring. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)

Hildebrand eclipses 1,000-point plateau in Clippers’ win

Jason Wesseldyk

Jazmin Hildebrand finished with 25 points and 20 rebounds to lead Martin to the 70-48 victory over Bloomingdale on Friday, Jan. 15.
In other words, just another day at the office for the senior standout who has been a double-double machine.
Only this was no ordinary game. Because with her 15th point of the night, Hildebrand became just the second girls’ basketball player at Martin to reach 1,000 points in career scoring.
Clipper coach Doug MacVean had nothing but praise for Hildebrand, who has been a four-year starter at the varsity level.
“Jaz has earned every bit of this accomplishment with all the effort she’s put into her game,” MacVean said. “Plus for the last three years, she’s been double-and-triple teamed every night and she’s still putting up big numbers.”
Julie (Davis) Kubiak is the only other Martin girl to reach the milestone, finishing her career in 1987 with 1,118 points. With at least 12 games left in the Clippers’ season, Hildebrand should—barring injury—end her playing days at Martin atop the career-scoring list.
And with 897 rebounds to her credit, she has a good chance at 1,000 in that department as well.
“At the end of her career, Jaz’s stats are going to say she’s the best women’s basketball player ever at Martin and that’s what I will say, too,” MacVean said. “She’s a great kid and I couldn’t be happier for her. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to coach her during her entire high school career.”

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