Islip's Duer shares credit for her records
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It has been a memorable three weeks for Shannon Duer. The Islip senior scored her 1,000th career point on Dec. 21. She pulled down her 1,000th career rebound on Tuesday. The next day she signed a letter of intent to attend NYIT.
Duer capped a milestone week by becoming the program's all-time leading scorer on Thursday when she had 28 points and 21 rebounds in a 71-35 win over Eastport-South Manor. Duer broke the mark of 1,066 points set by Katie Flaherty (1985-88).
"The past few weeks have been amazing," Duer said. "I couldn't have done it without my teammates. I'm so thankful for all the coaches that helped me. I never thought I would accomplish these things."
Duer, who came to the varsity early in her eighth grade season, has 1,094 points and 1,031 rebounds. The 5-10 senior is averaging 21.2 points, 13.8 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 3.5 blocks and 3.2 assists.
Duer has a passion for rebounding and she said it was instilled in her by her father, John. "He told me since I was little to focus on defense and rebound," she said. "There's no excuse not to rebound or play defense. It always stuck with me."
Duer has developed her offensive game and is beginning to hit three-pointers and pull-up jumpers, meaning that she drives less and picks up fewer offensive fouls.
"She has put in a lot of work," Islip coach Dave Goodman said. "She learned how to become a better offensive player without losing her desire to rebound. She can bring the ball up and score with both hands now."
Besides her prowess on the court, what stands out to Goodman about Duer is the respect she shows for people. After every practice, she comes up to Goodman and thanks him.
"I've never seen anything like it," Goodman said. "She has an amazing personality."