John Carroll senior Miranda Ripken poses with the scorebook… (Submitted photo, Patuxent…)
It was just over a month ago that Ryan Ripken, Cal's son, passed 1,000 points for his basketball career at Gilman.
But we all know achievements with these Ripken folks often turn into a family affair.
Wednesday night, Billy Ripken's daughter Miranda reached 1,000 points for her four-year career at John Carroll in a 60-36 win at IND.
Reached by phone Thursday, Billy said it was a special moment to watch Miranda achieve the milestone -- but not because of what her cousin did in December.
"No, she dances to her own drummer, so to speak," Billy said. "I don't think she worries about things that are outside of her world."
Miranda Ripken scored 15 points to land right at 1,000, which she hit on a free throw early in the fourth quarter.
"I have to admit I was nervous, but now I feel relief that it is over," Miranda said in an interview with The Aegis after the game. "I am glad it is behind me now."
The senior small forward has helped lead the Patriots to an 8-0 record in the IAAM's B Conference and the No. 12 spot in The Sun's Top 15 poll.
"They're in kind of uncharted waters for the John Carroll girls," Billy said. "She came in as a freshman with a few other girls, and they took their lumps for a few years, but now they're playing pretty well."
Billy said his daughter is also No. 2 in her class and is considering Carnegie Mellon and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study engineering.
As for the celebration for reaching 1,000, Billy expects it to be pretty low key.
"We'll probably celebrate by going to a Japanese steakhouse and having some beef on the grill," he said.