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Sinking and setting records

Jordyn Reed
Updated: December 19, 2019 04:42 PM
Created: December 18, 2019 11:09 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The word perfect is hard to come by in sports, but that is just the word to describe how St. Charles junior guard Kooper Vaughn etched his name into the state and school record book all in a single game.

"It was one of those performances where you look at it and go, 'wow,'" Saints Head Coach Terry Knothe said.

During the HVL-TRC Showdown, Vaughn sunk all 26 of his free throws. He also scored a school record 52 in the win over the Lourdes Eagles.

"Well, clearly it's his best game and it has to be one of the top two/three games I've ever seen," Knothe added. "We've had some tremendous individual performances here over the years but that has to rank right up there with the best."

All caught up in the game, no one realized in the moment how record breaking the game actually was.

"My teammates were able to find me, I was just creating shots and fouls at the same time," Vaughn commented on what was working for him in the game. "I didn't really think I shot that many time,s but then afterward I didn't realize there was a record for it, or how big the record actually was so it's kind of cool."

Even coach admitted he didn't realize the numbers Vaughn was putting up.

"We kind of expect him to score and he was doing it in such a wide variety of ways."

A stand-out game, and season so far, which is reflective of the work and adjustments he made in the off-season. 

"Over the summer he really developed into an all-around, complete player and we saw that Saturday night," Knothe said.

Vaughn's state record transcends Minnesota as he ranks second in the nation all-time for consecutive free throws with 26.

"It's actually kind of cool," Vaughn expressing what it's been like since the game. "Some people I've never really talked to have came up and congratulated me saying 'good job,' so that's been amazing."

A new bar has been set and Vaughn says it's something to shoot toward and possibly beat. As for his team, it has inspired them in other ways.

"We all push ourselves to be like, 'hey we want to be as good as Kooper, we want to make as many shots as Kooper,'" Harper Schaber, Saints junior guard, said. "We want to be the next Kooper Vaughn. Or the next Vaughn, the best shooter on the team. He's just a guy that loves his team and loves the game of basketball."

Coach Knothe echoed the same idea saying Vaughn is humble about his achievement and the team is happy for his success. 

"That's the nice thing about our team, many of his none free-throw points came off assisted plays. So, they look for him and he looks for them as well."

The Saints will host the undefeated Caledonia Warriors on Friday for our Scheels Game of the Week, which is powered by Rochester Motor Cars. Tip-off set for 7:30 p.m.


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