Derrow Sisters Reach 1,000-Point Club
Siblings first to reach milestone at John Marshall
MOUNDSVILLE–Sisters Torie and Avery Derrow grew up playing basketball together in the driveway of their home, not knowing they would one day go down in the record books at John Marshall.
On Friday night, they became part of John Marshall history when Avery drained a 3-pointer at Wheeling Park to make her the newest member of the 1,000 point club.
Torie netted her 1,000th point in a Monarchs uniform during her junior year in 2015 and with Avery’s latest accomplishment, they became the first siblings at John Marshall to both reach the milestone.
“I wasn’t expecting to get it this season until coach (Brock) Melko told me how close I was,” Avery said.
“When I found out we could become the first siblings in school history to do it, it was really exciting. It gave me the motivation to do it.”
Both sisters had the opportunity to play for Melko, who was thrilled for them and the Derrow family.
“I am really glad that Avery gets to join her sister with her own ball in the 1,000-point case,” Melko said. “That is something she can have forever and it is something special for the family. I am also glad that Torie was here to support her.”
Torie, who also collected 1,000 rebounds and is the all-time leading scorer at John Marshall with 1,649 points, is currently running track at Marshall University.
When she heard how close her sister was to joining the illustrious club, Torie was determined to be in the stands cheering her on for her special moment.
“I am very excited for her,” Torie said. “My mom and I hid that I was coming home so I could surprise her.
“I am really proud of her and I am always trying to encourage her to be the best. She was always very supportive of me when I did it and I just wanted to show her the love and support that she showed me.”
Avery added: “I was completely surprised. I didn’t expect her to come all the way from Huntington.”
Deja Vu sank in for the Derrow sisters when Avery collected 21 points against Brooke last Wednesday, leaving her just one point shy of 1,000.
In January of 2015, Torie also tallied 21 points against Harrison Central to reach 999 career points, before eventually clearing the hurdle. But the way she handled the pressure helped her younger sister deal with the same situation.
“I was nervous Wednesday against Brooke,” Avery said. “I felt pressured and I needed 22 points going into that game. I was really happy we won and that gave us two more games so my family and friends could be there.
“Torie is definitely a good role model. She is a good person to look up to as an athlete and as a person. She is a good sister and watching her play basketball has taught me a lot.”
The manner in which Avery handled the pressure of netting her 1,000th point was exactly how one would expect a senior leader to conduct herself, but it was still very impressive to her coach.
“She was in a tough spot on Wednesday against Brooke,” Melko said. “I can’t imagine being 18 years old and needing to score 22 points to get 1,000 but also needing to win or else your career is over. She handled it as well as anyone could handle it.”
Scoring 1,000 points is starting to become a family tradition for the Derrow’s. Five years before Torie even notched her achievement, their cousin Shelby Wood of Cameron captured the mark, giving both Torie and Avery the idea that it was possible to follow in her footsteps.
“I never really thought about scoring 1,000 points until our cousin, Shelby Wood, did it at Cameron,” Torie said. “When she did it, I thought it was really cool and I wanted to do it myself and then Avery did, too.”
Although the Derrow sisters have already made a name for themselves on the hardwood at John Marshall, their cousin Derrick Derrow is a freshman on the Monarchs’ boys’ team, while their younger sister Kayli is currently playing for Sherrard Middle School and the West Virginia Elite squad in the American Athletic Union organization.
With Torie and Avery paving the way, it would come as no surprise to see more success on the hardwood from the Derrow family in the near future.