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The O’Malley’s, A Thousand Point Family

The O'Malley Basketball Family

While it’s not uncommon to see a high school basketball player score 1,000 career points, it is rare when you see multiple people from the same family do it.

On Monday night, Irene-Wakonda played Bon Homme in girls’ basketball. During the fourth quarter, Eagles junior Nora O’Malley joined the 1,000-point club. Nora is the sixth, yes, SIXTH O’Malley family member to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

In an interview with the Yankton Press & Dakotan O’Malley said she wasn’t really thinking about reaching 1,000 career points during the game.

“During the game, I actually forgot that I was that close, until they stopped it for me,” said O’Malley. “I was really focusing on the game itself and trying to get us back in it.”

Irene-Wakonda didn’t win on Monday, Bon Homme scored a 49-37 victory in the contest. But that didn’t stop the Eagles team from posing for a photo to honor Nora’s milestone after the game.

“All my other siblings have gotten it, so to me, it means a lot more,” said Nora O’Malley.

Kieran, Seamus, Rory, Shannon, and Malloy O'Malley are Nora’s siblings who also scored at least 1,000-points during their high school careers. Her older sisters Kieran and Shannon finished high school as members of the 2,000-point club – Shannon with 2,154 and Kieran with 2,599.

There are plenty of strong basketball families in South Dakota, but the O’Malley’s are one as well – and the bond they share in common is one that few will ever replicate. Irene-Wakonda is head coached by Nora's dad, Pat O'Malley. His sister Karrie, is the mother to the well known Duffy family (Ex: Caitlin and Ciara) out of St. Thomas More in Rapid City.

Kieran, Shannon, Seamus, and Rory

Nate Wek is currently the sports content producer and sports and rec beat reporter for South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism Broadcasting and a minor in Leadership. From 2010-2013 Nate was the Director of Gameday Media for the Sioux Falls Storm (Indoor Football League) football team. He also spent 2012 and 2013 as the News and Sports Director of KSDJ Radio in Brookings, SD. Nate, his wife Sarah, and two kids Braxan and Jordy, live in Canton, SD.