BRATTLEBORO -- I’ve been fortunate enough to witness many special moments during my time here at the Reformer.
There was Brattleboro softball pitcher Kayla Wood’s perfect game in the 2013 state championship, the Hinsdale girls basketball team capping off the first undefeated regular season in program history a year ago at "the Stable" versus Sunapee, and a deep run by Paul McAuliffe’s Little League All-Stars.
But I missed Allison Scott’s big night on Monday, when the Hinsdale guard reached the milestone in Newport, N.H., as her team improved to 12-0.
Her sister, Katie, sent an email to let me know that their father also scored a grand as a Pacer. And I saw clips of the game on the Channel 9 News later that night.
"She’s a scorer. She can shoot and go to the basket," said Hinsdale coach Terry Bonnette of Scott.
That’s for sure. It’s worth the price of admission to watch her convert off of steals, take it to the hole in the half-court set, and show off her smooth stroke from beyond the arc.
Since I became a sports writer in 1998, I’ve seen about 10 players reach the milestone. Each time, the game was stopped after the historic basket, players and fans mobbed the scorer, and then the coach gave a short speech to honor them.
After the game, the players generally echo the same words. "It was nice to get it over with so that I could just relax and play."
I’m guessing that Kari Greenbaum was at least thinking that after she scored her 1,000th point as a Colonel. She was the first varsity player that I ever remember getting there.
It was a fairy tale ending for Springfield junior Chelsea McAllister, who had 997 career points when she drained a 3 at BUHS on Jan. 23. I had seen others reach the milestone from beyond the arc, but never on a dunk.
That turned into a challenge for Twin Valley standout Scott Hayford in 2010, when he realized I had never seen that before. He attempted a couple of slams, with me standing near the hoop with a camera, before deciding to get his 1,000th point an easier way -- which he did.
When I saw another Twin Valley player add her name to the banner that same year, it didn’t seem right. I mean, I always thought of Devon Spirka as a passer. But those fast break layups, free throws and trifectas all added up, and she finished with 18 points, nine assists and six rebounds in that memorable game versus Poultney when everything stopped for a few minutes so that they could honor her achievement.
I can recall watching a number of our area players get to a grand while working for a newspaper in Massachusetts. There was Pioneer’s Kevin Harrington, whose older brother Adam played in the NBA for a little bit. And there were the Sullivan siblings -- Sean and Meghan -- that lit it up for Athol High.
And they did it in different ways. Meghan Sullivan was a 6-2 post player, who did all of her scoring from the block and the charity stripe. Spirka and Hayford did a lot of it in the open floor on those pressing Twin Valley teams. McAllister is deadly from downtown.
Scott, who can hurt her opposition in many different ways, has a couple of other things to cross off her list, like another undefeated regular season and a Division 4 title.
Shane Covey can be reached at email@example.com or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.