The moment belonged to North County senior Kim Miller, and the game belonged to her team once again.
Miller scored 28 points last night to exceed 1,000 for her career, and the visiting Knights defeated Northeast for the second time this season, 52-40.
North County (7-3) took a 53-41 decision over the Eagles (5-5) back on Dec. 14.
Miller, a 6-foot center, entered the non-league game with 987 points. She scored 820 during her three years at Brooklyn Park, when the Bees won two of their six state championships.
The county's leading scorer coming in at 18.6 points per game, Miller reached her milestone when she sank a free throw with 2 minutes, 18 seconds left in the first half. The shot also gave North County its biggest lead, 25-15.
One of the officials immediately stopped play and handed Miller the ball. The North County players swarmed their teammate amid a standing ovation from the Knights' fans.
Coach Sally Entsminger presented Miller with three carnations painted in the school's colors of red, black and silver.
"I was so excited I felt like crying," said Miller, whose 28 points matched her career high. "I was so nervous before this game. I wanted to get 13 points, and then I felt all the pressure was off."
Entsminger worried beforehand that Miller's quest for 1,000 points would prove distracting for her entireteam.
"I was glad they got it over quickly, and so was she," Entsminger said. "I was concerned that they would force the ball to her. I wasn't so concerned that Kim would take some bad shots, because I don't think Kim takes a lot of bad shots."
Miller scored on a follow to close the half -- she finished with 18 rebounds, many on the offensive end -- and the Knights led, 29-15. They remained ahead by 14 points, 39-25, after three quarters, before a cold spell and Northeast's aggressive play on the boards brought the Eagles to within seven late in the game. But Miller sank three free throws in the final 52 seconds to seal the win.
North County's Elise Maccubbin buried a jumper to begin the fourth quarter, but the Knights did not score again until two Tina Miller free throws with 4:27 left.
"You've got to be a little concerned then," Entsminger said. "We were getting some really good shots, and they just weren't falling for us.
"(Northeastcoach) Calvin Vain does a real good job. You can beat them the firsttime and come back, and they're not going to be the same basketball team."
Maccubbin and Miller each had eight points for the victors,and Renita Johnson added six points and 14 rebounds.
Northeast's two inside powers, 5-11 Stephanie Lazor and Debbi Dadds, had 11 points each and combined for 35 rebounds. Guard Tammy Kuebel, recovering from a fractured ankle suffered during the fall, had 12 points.