For many high school basketball players, scoring their 1,000th career point is constantly on their mind as the milestone nears.
But not for McConnellsburg’s McKenzie Gelvin.
In the best shooting game of her career, Gelvin sank bucket after bucket on the way to scoring a career-high 42 points, including seven 3-pointers - and reached 1,000 points for her career, a celebration she almost missed.
Her efforts led the Lady Spartans to a 94-50 non-league victory over Hyndman.
Gelvin knew entering the game that she was 31 points from her 1,000th, but was not keeping track during her most outstanding offensive performance to date. Early in the third quarter, McConnellsburg coach Brent Seville called a timeout to inform Gelvin how close she was to the milestone.
“We were in the huddle and I heard Bronwyne (Mellott) say, ‘You need to tell her,’ and he said I was only five points away,” Gelvin said.
Minutes later with just one point to go, Gelvin went down for an open layup with Mellott, and passed the ball away, putting her celebration on hold for now.
“That’s the type of player she is,” Seville said. “She’s willing to dish the ball out and she’s not selfish at all. We weren’t expecting it to happen tonight, but we are very happy to get it out of the way.”
And now with Gelvin’s milestone out of the way, the team can begin to focus more on winning a district championship - the main objective of the 2016-17 season.
“I wasn’t expecting to score that many points tonight but everyone around me was helping me achieve. It was a team effort for sure,” Gelvin said. “A little bit of the weight is off my shoulders now, but still our main goal is to get the District 5 title, and we all want it and we have a good shot at it, so once we get that, a lot more weight will be off our shoulders.”
Gelvin also tacked on nine steals and four assists.
The Chambersburg boys basketball team, trying to make sure it is included in the District 3 Class 6A tournament, needed a win badly in a makeup game at Mifflin County on Wednesday evening.
The Trojans scored 16 points more than they had in any other game this season and crushed the Huskies, 82-32, in their regular season finale.
Chambersburg (13-8, 6-8 MPC) sat in the No. 11 position in the power rankings as of Wednesday night - the top 12 qualify in Class 6A - and Thursday is the cutoff.
A total of 11 Trojan players hit the scoring column, with Cole Christian (18 points), Joel Torres (16) and Cade Whitfield (12) reaching double figures. For Torres, it was the first time he's found double figures.
"Cole scored a very efficient 18 points and he really got us going early," Chambersburg coach Shawn Shreffler said. "He had a very solid game. Joel finished well. We did a nice job on the interior tonight and the guys shared the ball nicely."
Chambersburg held Mifflin County to just seven points in each of the first three quarters.
Shreffler said, "I was pleased with our defense. It was important to a lot of the little things we work on, and they did. And a lot of that translated into the offense."
- Southern Fulton romped to a 68-43 win over Northern Bedford and Chase Varner posted a career high 21 points, topping his previous best by four. Dylan Gordon added 18 and Austin Schriever added 10, which was also a career high total.
- Brycen Hohman scored 12 points as Forbes Road fell 56-39 to Everett.
Chambersburg (13-8) 82, Mifflin County 32
Shippensburg (16-5) 62, Red Land 51
Everett 56, Forbes Road (11-8, 7-7 SHL, 6-7 ICC) 39
Southern Fulton (16-4, 11-3 SHL, 10-3 ICC) 68, Northern Bedford 43
McConnellsburg (15-6) 94, Hyndman 50