Stauffeneker scores career high 57

  • The ConVal and Mascenic boys basketball teams played semifinal games at the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament in Keene on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team fell to undefeated Newport 68-54 on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 57-38 on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Mascenic boys basketball team defeated Wilton-Lyndeborough 57-38 on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

It is a night Jared Stauffeneker will never forget.

But until someone told him after Monday’s 95-89 overtime win at Monadnock, the Mascenic sophomore would have never guessed that he had scored a school record 57 points.

“I had no idea how many points I had,” said Stauffeneker. “I was shocked at first. I didn’t think I had that many.”

And he wasn’t the only one surprised.

“I knew he had a lot of points, but I couldn’t believe how many he had,” said coach Jay Starr.

Early on, it did not look as though Stauffeneker would come anywhere close to rewriting the Mascenic record books. After picking up his third foul midway through the second quarter, Stauffeneker sat the final 3:30 of the first half and went into the locker room with just 11 points.

He went out in the third and added 11 to his total, already putting him above his previous season average of 19.3 points per game.

Stauffeneker has been the offensive spark for the Vikings all season, leading the team in scoring and hitting for double figures in all but one of Mascenic’s 17 contests. And with his team trailing by eight entering the fourth quarter of what was described as a must win for Mascenic, Stauffeneker took over.

“At this point in the season we needed it,” said Stauffeneker.

Through three quarters, Stauffeneker had 22 points. He then doubled that total over the next eight minutes to help send the game to overtime.

Stauffeneker just couldn’t be stopped. When the Huskies came out to guard against the three, Stauffeneker would drive to the basket. When they hung back and waited for his quick first step, the soon-to-be first time all-state selection would knock down a long-range jumper.

“Every possible way you could score, he did,” said Mascenic Athletic Director Kevin Rines. “It was quite a thing to watch.”

Monadnock just had no answers for Stauffeneker.

“He was so in tune with the game and they were trying everything to stop him,” said Starr. “But Jared was so hot, so instead of slowing it down we just kept riding him.”

With 22 points in the fourth, Stauffeneker had 44 going into overtime and none bigger than his final shot of regulation. After already hitting two threes on earlier Mascenic possessions, Stauffeneker drained the tying triple with 11 seconds left to tie the score at 75.

“I came off the screen and I knew it was going in as soon as it left my hand,” said Stauffeneker.

Of the Vikings’ 20 points in overtime, Stauffeneker had 13 of them to earn the team’s sixth victory and all but secure a playoff spot. The 95 points scored is 35 more than the previous season best of 60 achieved on two occasions.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in high school basketball,” said Rines. “It’s not too common for someone to score 50 points.”

For the night, Stauffeneker was 20-for-38 overall from the field. He hit 6-of-15 three point attempts — with three coming in the fourth quarter alone — and converted 11-of-13 free throws. Stauffeneker also missed a couple easy lay-ups that would have put him over 60.

“It wasn’t as selfish as it may sound,” said Starr. “He really did it in the flow of the game.”

The 57 points is 18 more than Stauffeneker’s previous career best of 39 he had in the second round of the Keene State College Holiday Tournament. On the season, he has six 20-point games, three more in the 30s and now one in the 50s, which will be tough to top.

“It definitely feels pretty great,” said Stauffeneker. “I don’t really know how to explain it, but it means a lot.”

In the first meeting with the Huskies, Stauffeneker scored 35 in the holiday tournament. On Feb. 1, in the only other regular season contest, he scored 14 at home. Both of those games ended in a loss.

While the 57 points is something Stauffeneker regards as his best performance to date, he is just glad it came in a win.

Because all he wants is to make the playoffs and see exactly what this year’s Mascenic team is capable of.

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