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Dublin School duo both score 1,000th career points in the same game

  • Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff of Dublin School both scored their 1,000th career points on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff of Dublin School both scored their 1,000th career points on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff of Dublin School both scored their 1,000th career points on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff of Dublin School both scored their 1,000th career points on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff of Dublin School both scored their 1,000th career points on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff of Dublin School both scored their 1,000th career points on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff of Dublin School both scored their 1,000th career points on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff of Dublin School both scored their 1,000th career points on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff of Dublin School both scored their 1,000th career points on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff of Dublin School both scored their 1,000th career points on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Stella Davis and Bette Imhoff of Dublin School both scored their 1,000th career points on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Saturday, February 10, 2018

United by passion, teamwork and friendship, Bette Imhoff and Stella Davis are two of Dublin School’s brightest basketball stars. On Friday night, the inseparable pair of Wildcat seniors achieved the rarest of rare feats, and of course, they did it together.

Imhoff and Davis came into their senior night game against charter school Paulo Freire on the brink of history – each was within 20 points of the 1,000-point career scoring mark. With Imhoff averaging 18 a game this season and Davis 17.5, it seemed likely that the two could eclipse high school basketball’s most touted milestone in the same game.

“To see two seniors that have been playing together for three years, to have them both do it is something that doesn’t happen frequently, if ever, in my recollection,” said first-year Dublin head coach Joe Dicruttalo.

Imhoff is a four-year Wildcat, reunited with her elementary school friend Davis when her family moved back to Dublin in 2015. Since then, the two have run roughshod over the River Valley Athletic League year-round, winning RVAL titles in soccer, basketball and lacrosse, and coming up just short in last year’s NEPSAC basketball finals.

“[Bette] is the ballhandler in every sport and she’s always passing the ball to me,” Davis said. “She’s one of the best scorers I know and I love having her as a teammate.”

“I can count on [Stella] for everything,” Imhoff said. “If we’re down, I know that if I pass to Stella, we do have a chance and we can win.”

There are only a few local students at Dublin School, a private academy, and so the two Dubliners often found themselves alone together in the gym over holiday breaks, refining their game while the boarders have all gone home. The result is magic on the court.

“We have that connection where we don’t have to talk to each other,” Imhoff said. “We just have that eye contact and we just know.”

That hard work and that magical connection came together Friday night.

The team from Paulo Freire was well aware of the impending milestones, as was everyone in the packed Dublin gym.

“Having their coach aware and their players aware that we had two people on pace for 1,000, they took pride in trying to not allow them to do so,” Dicruttalo said, “which goes into the accomplishment that these two have. For the last three or four years, every school knows who they are, and for them to still be able to go out and do what they’re doing versus triangle-and-twos or diamond-and-ones shows that they’re pretty good at what they do.”

Paulo Freire came out on fire, determined to shut down Dublin’s stars and led by guard HL Perez, who flung in a variety of scoops and hooks and scored 14 of her game-high 26 in the first half. Then, the Wildcats clamped down. Imhoff and Davis led a 32-2 Dublin run that quickly put the game out of reach.

Davis needed just 14 points to hit 1,000, and she did it in the first half. Dublin’s sharpshooter fittingly hit a three from the top of the key to become the first 1,000-point scorer in the history of Wildcats’ girls’ basketball program.

“What was cool was today, they helped each other get there,” Dicruttalo said. “A lot of Stella’s points early came off Bette’s kicks. Once Stella got it, her focus was to get Bette the ball. It was cool to see the way they were willing to do that for each other instead of racing each other or trying to one-up each other in that process.”

Imhoff needed 20 even to hit the mark, no sure thing.

“I was so nervous,” Imhoff said. “In the beginning, I thought I wasn’t going to get the 1,000. I was like ‘Oh, I’ll just do it tomorrow.’”

Then, the steady guard started hitting from distance. After four first-half threes and a trio of layups, Imhoff was one hoop away. That one didn’t come easy.

“When they told me I needed two more, I was so nervous to get them,’” Imhoff said.

She’d miss a couple of bunnies, the crowd on the edge of their seats as she broke away, students hanging over the balcony railing looking for a glimpse of history. Dicruttalo subbed her out briefly to calm her down; she went back in the game and missed two more layups.

“The irony of it is that in coaching here for three months I have not seen Bette show one sign of nerves, ever,” Dicruttalo said.

The mark would have to wait until after the half, but Imhoff got it, scoring on a breakaway layup as she’s done so many times in the past. The historic duo fell into each other’s arms at center court as teammates and family rushed to celebrate with them.

“I’m so happy that we got to do it together,” Imhoff said. “It’s the best way to do it.”

After the celebration, Dublin continued their blowout, eventually winning 56-32 behind Davis’s 16 and Imhoff’s 24.

Now, the Wildcats turn to the postseason, where they’ll look to repeat as RVAL champs, and hope to avenge last year’s NEPSAC title loss.

“We’ve got to keep our head in it,” Davis said, “because last year we cracked under the pressure of it. It’s a tiring season when you hit March.”

Imhoff and Davis are already cemented in Dublin School history as the first two girls’ 1,000-point scorers (the only other Wildcat to hit 1,000 was Emerson Sistare ‘13). To win the program’s first NEPSAC title would be even sweeter.

“To bring one to the basketball program would be a huge sign of what these girls have done and what they're capable of doing in the future,” Dicruttalo said. “If we're lucky enough to get to the championship game I think these girls are prepared for that.”