HINSDALE, N.H. -- It's a safe bet that there was an "S" underneath Skylar Bonnette's pink, No. 3 jersey on Monday night.
After all, the senior point guard has been super since she arrived on the scene as a freshman.
Wearing that special shirt for the third annual breast cancer awareness game, the Pacer guard finished with a game-high 19 points to become the ninth player in school history to score 1,000 for their career as the Hinsdale girls basketball team remained undefeated with a 52-29 rout of Pittsfield.
"Skylar has had a great career. She has been our point guard for four years. She has hit some big shots in some big games," said Skylar's father and Hinsdale coach Terry Bonnette.
With the Pacers leading by 22 points at the break and feeling certain that they would improve to 14-0, the jam-packed crowd was just rooting for Skylar to get the five points she needed to reach the milestone.
It didn't come easily.
Skylar was held scoreless in the third quarter on 0 for 4 shooting. And she missed her first five shots in the fourth quarter.
"Relax," instructed Allison Scott, who had just scored her 1,000th point one week earlier in Newport, N.H, as she walked up behind Skylar.
Bonnette then hit a runner with 4:45 remaining to give her 997 career points. At the 3:32 mark, she took a pass from Scott at the top of the key, used a Kathryn Fecto screen to get an open look and buried a 3 that sent the fans into a frenzy.
"I was trying not to think about it. I was getting a little frustrated because I had been choking a little," stated Skylar after the game. "I was hoping it went in, but I wasn't sure when I let it go."
The make from downtown put Skylar on a list of 1,000-point scorers in Hinsdale High School history that also consists of Sleepy Brooks, Gary Beaman, Joe Sarsfield, Larry Scott, Jason Dillon, Julie Messenger, Steve Deschenes and Allison Scott.
"I think it's amazing for two players on the same team to do it in the same season," noted Skylar, who was mobbed by her teammates and then had several pictures taken just after making the historic trifecta.
The game started 50 minutes late because an accident near Monadnock Speedway held the Pittsfield bus up.
Hinsdale limited the Panthers to just three points over the first eight minutes. Bonnette and Breanna Benjamin applied the pressure at the top of the 2-1-2 zone, Scott had three early steals, and the hosts got defensive rebounds from Bridget Bourne and Skyler Leclaire.
"I thought we came out really strong. We showed a lot of energy. As a whole, we played some really good defense," said coach Bonnette.
The Pacers scored four buckets off of turnovers in the opening half, on their way to taking a 33-11 lead. Bourne also delivered inside a couple times, using a powerful post move and later a pretty half-hook.
Leclaire scored four points in the third quarter, Benjamin added a deep deuce, and Scott set up Bourne as the hosts stretched their lead to 41-16.
The pressure was getting to Bonnette, who now had eight minutes left and was still stuck on 995 career points.
The senior guard made two free throws and went 7 of 17 from the field on the night, including three makes from downtown. Her four other buckets were a pull-up jumper off the glass, a nice finish on the break that was set up by Scott, a fake from outside and then rainbow on the move, and then the runner with 4:45 to go.
The fans went wild each time the girl wearing the pink, No. 3 jersey made a basket. There was a sense of relief and genuine happiness inside the Stable when Bonnette became the ninth player in school history to score 1,000 career points by burying a 3 with 3:32 remaining in the fourth quarter.
She can now focus on another perfect regular season and a Division 4 state title.
"Being 14-0 means a lot. We are playing really good defense and that needs to carry over to the playoffs," said Skylar Bonnette. "I definitely think we have the potential to win it all. All five starters contribute at both ends and our bench is strong."
The 14-0 Pacers will host Monadnock tonight.
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Watch Skylar Bonnette score the benchmark-setting basket:
Then watch the rest of the team celebrate her achievement: