When Taniyah Thompson of Hamden scored her 1,000th career point midway through her junior season, the record was in sight.
Midway through her senior season, it is hers.
Friday against Career Magnet, Thompson became Hamden’s all-time leading scorer with 1,482 points. The pervious record-holder was Kate Donahue, who graduated in 1996.
Thompson finished with 23 points in the 62-38 win over Career, following that up with 24 points in a victory over Trumbull Monday.
“It’s phenomenal,” Hamden coach Amanda Forcucci said. “It’s about how she did it. Taniyah gets up every morning at 4:30 and goes to the gym and gets extra reps. Not just shooting but she runs our plays, where she’s going to get the ball in our offense. She just does it so she can be better every single day.”
“She goes with her father. I don’t ask her to do it. She just does it. She’s worked that way since middle school. She earns every bit of what she’s got. The games are the payoff for her.”
Thompson is committed to play at the University of Rhode Island.
1,000 POINT CLUB
Senior Olivia Robles of Sheehan scored her 1,000th career point on a 3-pointer in the third quarter of a 48-47 victory over Amity.
Robles was 14 points shy of 1,000 heading into the contest, finishing with a game-high 24 points.
Valley Regional senior Alexis Finnerty scored her 1,000th point in a 44-36 win against Old Saybrook, scoring 28 points in the game.
Caitlin Barker of Plainville also joined the club, scoring her 1,000th career point as part of a 32-point effort for the senior in a 52-51 loss to East Hartford.
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Danbury defeated St. Joseph 39-36 in overtime Thursday and McMahon 61-32 Tuesday night, moving coach Jackie DiNardo to 498 career wins.
It was also the 10th-straight win for the Hatters.
Danbury faces Warde (8-5) at home Friday and hosts Stamford (8-5) Tuesday.
DiNardo would be the ninth girls basketball coach to reach the career wins milestone.
The others are as follows, with win totals through Tuesday (x-active): Dave Strong, Masuk (704); x-Fred Williams, Northwestern (629); Nick Economopoulos, Lyman Hall, East Catholic, Coginchaug (619), Joe Grippo, Morgan (577); x-Bill Scarlata, Norwich Free Academy (572); Nick Chaconis, Portland (548); x-Frank Lombardo, Holy Cross (522); Jim Bombaci, Hand, Haddam-Killingworth (511).