Cleveland Heights senior Hayley Sims wasted little time this season reaching a significant individual milestone.
In the season opener vs. St. Joseph Academy, Sims scored her 1,000th career point.
The achievement is one Sims didn’t necessarily have as a goal when she got to Heights, but after earning a spot on the varsity as a freshman it became more realistic.
“I have always been blessed with the ability to score, and once I got to play varsity as a freshman I was able to continue to improve and put the ball in the hoop and help my team,” Sims said. “I feel like I have matured a lot since my freshman year – as a player and as a teammate. I just want to set a good example.”
Tigers coach Karen Battle said Sims has always shown elite talent and has impacted the program more each year.
“I’m not that surprised because she was good enough to play varsity right away and she could always score. She could have probably got to 1,000 sooner, but she’s very unselfish and does a great job getting her teammates involved. Every year she’s gotten better and it’s clear she’s our go-to scorer.”
In a win over Brush, Sims had nearly half of her team’s total points.
However, Sims is a humble student-athlete more concerned with team success than individual honors.
“I’m glad I was able to get (1,000) early and out of the way, except it was kind of watered down because we lost that game,” Sims said. “I have the ability to score, but I want to do whatever I can to help the team win.”