At first, Hannah Fox thought Archbishop Ryan had called a timeout.
Penn Charter's junior point guard had just run the floor on a fastbreak. A Quakers steal had kick-started a transition. On the move, Fox effortlessly took a pass and laid the ball in.
It was a play similar to one she had already completed three times that quarter, so as the ball hit the floor she ran back on defense. Just as she always does.
But when the buzzer sounded, all eyes in Germantown Academy's gym were on Fox. And it was not a Ryan timeout. Unbeknownst to her, Fox's layup was her 1,000th and 1,001st career points.
"I was unaware that it was going to happen today," Fox said after Penn Charter's 52-49 loss. "I didn't know about it yesterday. I did have a feeling it would happen this year, but I was just not sure when."
Fox needed seven points to reach the milestone. She reached the mark with 1:15 left in the first half. She finished with a game-high 16 points.
"I always just go out and play to win," Fox said. "You need to score to win, but you also need to play defense. Scoring is just what they count."
A while back, Fox and her mother, Mary, talked about the milestone. Fox told her mother that flowers were the typical gift to give to mark the occasion. It would be cool, she said, to get a teddy bear holding a basketball.
Fox said that was just a joke. She did not think her mother would remember it.
After the game, Fox had her hands full with bouquets and balloons. And there was a teddy bear holding a basketball. According to the tag, the bear's name is "Hoops." The name fits Fox just fine.