Rare Air: Daoust is First to 2,000 Points

Southern Door junior guard Drew Daoust was already the leading scorer in Door County prep basketball history, but on Thursday night he took his total where no local player had neared before. At the 9:23 mark of the first half of Southern Door’s 66-45 victory over Algoma, Daoust became the first player in Door County history to reach 2,000 career points.

After initially having his shot from close range blocked by the Wolves’ Parker Lischka, Daoust corralled the loose ball, split two defenders and missed inside, but again was able to track down the loose ball after it was swatted toward the baseline as players from both teams battled for the rebound. 

He took one dribble, spun to reposition in the lane and jumped up and laid it in over the front of the rim. The game was stopped for about 30 seconds as he accepted congratulations from teammates.

Daoust scored 15 of his game-high 35 points in the first half and the Eagles were never threatened, leading by 20 at the half, 34-14, over a cold-shooting Algoma team that struggled hitting shots on its home court against the Eagles’ 1-3-1 zone defense. The Wolves scored 31 in the second half, but it was too little, too late after the slow start.

It was also against Algoma on Dec. 19, in the Eagles’ 73-63 victory over the Wolves, when Daoust broke the previous Door County career scoring record of 1,566 points, which was held by 1999 Southern Door graduate Nathan Vogel. Every point scored by Daoust sets a new county scoring mark, now sitting at 2,028 points. He’s averaging 34.4 points per game, good for third in the state.

The Eagles, who remain undefeated in Packerland play at 12-0 and are 16-4 overall, are now on an 11-game winning streak. After a home game against Gibraltar on Feb. 13, the Eagles host the conference’s second-place team, Kewaunee, on Feb. 16. 

With four regular-season games left this year — plus the postseason and Daoust’s senior season — he could be on the verge of reaching 3,000 points at this time next year. He’s already in the top 50 high school boys basketball scorers in state history, and could climb into the top 30 or so by season’s end. 

Anthony Pieper, a 1993 graduate of Wausaukee, holds the state career scoring record with 3,391 points. Mickey Crowe, a 1975 graduate of St. Nazianz JFK Prep, is a distant second at 2,724. Rounding out the top five are Mike Koehler, a 1993 graduate of Elkhart Lake, Sam Dekker, a 2012 graduate of Sheboygan Lutheran, and Sam Okey, a 1995 graduate of Cassville.

Southern Door’s Drew Daoust (1) puts up a shot to surpass 2,000 career points in Thursday’s Packerland Conference boys basketball game at Algoma. Photo by Kevin Naze.

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