ANNAWAN, Ill. — Throughout her prep basketball career, family and community have been one and the same for Annawan's Jayde VanHyfte.
As she approached her school's all-time hoops scoring record — a standard held by her older sister Celina — VanHyfte wanted more than anything to set the mark on her home court before the hometown fans.
Needing 19 points to achieve that feat entering Monday night's Lincoln Trail Conference matchup with Mercer County, the Bravettes' 6-foot-1 senior forward opened the third quarter by hitting four straight field goals, the last of which was the record-setter at the 5:03 mark of the period.
VanHyfte finished her night with 25 points, nine rebounds and three steals as Annawan continued its perfect season with a 62-39 victory over the Golden Eagles. Having topped her oldest sister's record of 2,492 points, the Arizona State-bound standout is now just one point shy of reaching 2,500 for her four-year varsity career.
``This really feels great,'' said a beaming VanHyfte. ``It's a great compliment to my family and to our school. The support from the community, my family, coaches and teammates made this possible. It (breaking the record at home) makes this extra special, especially with our community standing and cheering for me. I love being able to give back to them.
``Our community, they're behind us in every game. They're a big part of what makes Annawan basketball great. And with my teammates around me, it's really awesome.''
Now, VanHyfte gets to take aim at her family's scoring record of 2,660 points held by her mother, 1987 Atkinson graduate Val (Wancket) VanHyfte. A member of the Bravettes' coaching staff, Val is definitely rooting for her youngest daughter.
``I said to her, if you keep going, you'd better break it,'' she said. ``She just said, `Oh mom, that's not my goal.' I said to her, it's a record you deserve. They (Jayde, Celina and middle sister Morgan) are all really humble, and all about the team.''