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WATERLOO — Jim Berry didn’t do it during his hall of fame career. Neither did 1986 Mr. Basketball Chris Gaines.

Former Wahawk and Iowa Hawkeye sharpshooter Kent McCausland? Nope.

When Waterloo West’s Carondis Harris-Anderson pumped in his 25th and 26th points Tuesday in a 64-58 loss to Dubuque Wahlert, the 6-foot-3 senior guard became the first Wahawk in school history to score 1,000 points.

Harris-Anderson was honored Friday for his achievement prior to scoring 21 more as West topped Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 80-53, in Mississippi Valley Conference action at Siddens Gymnasium.

“I knew I was close, but it wasn’t something I was really thinking about,” said Harris-Anderson, a four-year regular in the Wahawks’ lineup. “I have put a lot of work into it. It is a big milestone.

“A lot of great basketball players have played here so it feels pretty good to be the first to accomplish it.”

Harris-Anderson broke into West’s rotation as a freshman, averaging 7.3 points a game. As a sophomore, he averaged 8.6, and that number jumped to 18.8 a season ago. In nine games this winter, Harris-Anderson is averaging 25.6.

On Dec. 8, Harris-Anderson became the first Class 4A player since Des Moines North’s Hurl Beechum in 1991 (59), to score 50 points in a game during the Wahawks’ win over Waterloo East.

“To me, it is remarkable,” West coach Cliff Berinobis said. “I don’t think people fathom what he has done. I don’t think enough is being said about him.

“A great kid. I can’t say enough about him. Coachable. Works hard. Always has a smile on his face.”

Despite his prolific numbers, Harris-Anderson hasn’t received a single Division I offer.

“That is his dream” Berinobis said. “He has a ton of Division II and Division III offers, but I think the D-I guys are missing out on a great player.

“He is leading a bunch of sophomores. We have a couple of other seniors in the rotation, but he’s leading these young kids, being a good role-model for them.”

Harris-Anderson said he has been in talks with North Dakota State.

“Right now I’m just focusing on playing basketball and not worrying about that,” Harris-Anderson said. “That is the goal. I just want to play basketball at the next level and then the next level.”

Friday, Harris-Anderson did not have to carry as much of the load for West, a team that starts three sophomores. He finished with 21 points, his seventh game of the season with 20 or more. He was 7 of 11 from the field and 6 of 9 from the line.

The Wahawks (6-4, 5-3) had seven players score seven or more points and used an early 10-0 run to jump out to a 14-5 lead. West led 39-29 at halftime.

Isaiah Johnson had 12 points, Nicholas Pepin 11 and Kalen Burt 10 for the Wahawks.

“We did a lot of the little things that we have been working on right tonight,” Berinobis said.

West 80, C.R. Jefferson 53

CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON (3-7, 2-5) — Osborne Meiborg 4-10 2-3 11, Kyler Bell 3-8 2-3 9, Kyron Ligon 2-3 0-0 4, Willie Guy III 4-12 1-1 11, Trenton Kuennen 2-6 0-0 4, Raejzuan Shockley 0-2 0-0 0, Blaze Bousek 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan Blum 4-7 0-0 8, Brayden Frazier 0-3 0-0 0, Zachary Grant 1-1 1-2 4, Tytan Meyers 0-2 0-0 0, Dymonte Hawkins 0-0 1-2 1, Jackson Snyder 0-2 0-0 0, Samuel Staley 0-2 0-0 0, Evan Griffith 1-1 0-0 2, Jetmir Zeneli 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-60 7-11 53.

WATERLOO WEST (6-4, 5-3) — Nicholas Pepin 3-8 3-4 11, Isaiah Johnson 4-6 2-4 12, Kalen Burt 4-62-4 10, Jaden Keller 1-2 1-2 3, Carondis Harris-Anderson 7-11 6-9 21, ShauRome Taylor 0-1 2-4 2, Antonio Alexander Jr. 3-5 2-2 8, Jaquon ONeal 3-3 1-2 7, Cade Dodd 1-1 0-2 3, Mario Wright 0-0 1-2 1, Brian Sapa 1-1 0-0 2, Todd Keller Jr. 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-44 19-35 80.

C.R. Jefferson 13 16 10 14 — 53

Wat. West 21 18 21 20 — 80

3-point goals—Jefferson 5 (Meiborg, Bell, Guy 2, Grant). West 5 (Pepin 2, Johnson, Harris-Anderson, Dodd). Total fouls—Jefferson 26, West 12.

WEST SOPHS 60, JEFFERSON SOPHS 50

JEFFERSON — Jackson Schreckengast 6, Gabriel Coyle 8, Ezeki Leggins 2, Elijah Jefferson 10, Jacob Thompson 3, Kenneth Moore 6, Keshawn Dixon 1, Tytan Meyers 14.

WEST — Michael Robinson Jr. 15, Markyse Wilson 4, Carter Maske 4, Mitch Fordyce 2, Vasilije Novakovic 21, Caleb Haeg 6, Nate Mabry 8.

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