It proved to be a historic weekend for the Central DeWitt girls basketball team in more ways than one.
On Friday, Sabers senior guard Allie Meadows joined an elite group, becoming just the 12th area girls basketball player and sixth Saber to record 1,000 career points.
Meadows’ memorable night highlighted a big victory over hosting Clinton as the Sabers erupted for 25 points in the first quarter and never looked back in a 72-34 victory.
A day later, Central DeWitt made a successful debut in the IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union Shootout.
One of 10 eastern Iowa squads battling foes from western Illinois, the Sabers outscored Moline 24-9 to finish the first half in a 64-48 victory on the Maroons’ home floor at historic Wharton Field House (Iowa won the shootout, 7-3).
Meadows sat fewer than 10 points from 1,000 ahead of Friday’s MAC game with the River Queens and reached the milestone before the game even reached halftime.
Her squad, meanwhile, blitzed their hosts in the first half, following up their 25-point opening quarter by scoring 19 more in the second to take an insurmountable 44-17 halftime lead.
Meadows, fittingly, led the Sabers with 19 points, while fellow senior Taylor Veach dropped in 18 of her own.
It was a battle of runs early in Saturday’s meeting with Moline.
The Sabers scored the game’s first eight points on a pair of Lauren Walker three-pointers and an Avery Voss hoop inside, but the Maroons rattled off the next 13.
Meadows ended that push with a three-pointer and Natalie Butler knocked down one of her own before adding another hoop down low to give the Sabers a 16-13 lead after a quarter.
After scoring the final eight points of the first quarter, Central DeWitt tallied the first seven of the second stanza as well.
Veach kicked things off with a driving hoop and then two free throws, while Meadows buried another three.
Moline stopped the 13-0 run with a hoop, but Voss kicked off a big quarter with a free throw.
The junior added three more hoops in the period and Kylee DeVore tacked on one of her own to help the Sabers to a 32-22 lead at the half.
Another quick start to the second half — the Sabers scored 11 of the first 14 points, seven coming from Walker — pushed the Central DeWitt lead to 18 points, and it never fell below 12 points the rest of the way.
Meadows made sure of it: she beat the third-quarter buzzer with a deep three-pointer when the Maroons had pulled within 49-37 and then scored the first three points of the fourth quarter as well.
The senior accounted for half of the Sabers’ 12 points in the final stanza to finish with a team-high 15 points to garner MVP honors after the game.
She had plenty of scoring help. Walker (13 points), Veach (12) and Voss (11) all joined Meadows in double figures, while EmmaGrace Hartman had six points and Butler five.
Veach added 12 rebounds for a double-double, while Voss complemented her 11 points with nine boards.
Butler and Meadows, meanwhile, combined for nine assists — five for the former, four for the latter — and nine steals — four for the former, five for the latter.
The Sabers opened their 2022 with a hard-fought visit to North Scott.
Down eight with just under three minutes in the third quarter, Central DeWitt rallied, cutting its deficit in half by the end of the stanza and even going in front midway through the fourth quarter.
The two teams were tied at 49 with a minute to play, but the Lancers’ success at the free throw line turned out to be the difference.
The hosts made six free throws in the final minute and a potential game-tying three-pointer was off the mark in North Scott’s 55-50 victory.
Veach and Meadows poured in 17 and 16 points, respectively, while Walker provided an early lift by scoring eight of her 12 points in the opening frame.
Four different Sabers — Meadows, Butler, Veach and Reagan Hofer — grabbed five rebounds in the game, while Meadows dished out four assists (Hartman had three assists) and Walker came up with four steals.