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Basketball: ConVal’s Lindsey Carey scores 1,000th career point

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Spaulding on Friday night, and Lindsey Carey scored her 1,000th career point. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Spaulding on Friday night, and Lindsey Carey scored her 1,000th career point. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Spaulding on Friday night, and Lindsey Carey scored her 1,000th career point. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Spaulding on Friday night, and Lindsey Carey scored her 1,000th career point. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Spaulding on Friday night, and Lindsey Carey scored her 1,000th career point. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Emma Hixson goes up between two Spaulding players during Friday’s game. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Spaulding on Friday night, and Lindsey Carey scored her 1,000th career point. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Spaulding on Friday night, and Lindsey Carey scored her 1,000th career point. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Spaulding on Friday night, and Lindsey Carey scored her 1,000th career point. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Spaulding on Friday night, and Lindsey Carey scored her 1,000th career point. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Spaulding on Friday night, and Lindsey Carey scored her 1,000th career point. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' basketball team hosted Spaulding on Friday night, and Lindsey Carey scored her 1,000th career point. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, January 11, 2019 11:55PM

ConVal’s Robert Maguire Gymnasium was packed to the gills Friday night, fans turning out in force to see the Cougars’ senior star Lindsey Carey, who was just a basket away from her 1,000th career point. Carey is averaging 19.5 points per game this year, and the fans knew it was not a matter of if she’d hit her mark against Spaulding, but when.

Carey and the Cougars struggled early on, as ConVal scored just two points in the first quarter on a pair of free throws, and Carey missed a handful of makeable shots.

“I was really nervous to begin with,” Carey said, “mostly because, to be honest, we don’t usually have this many people here, so the nerves got to me a little, but then I remembered it’s just a basketball game and I love to do this, so I kind of calmed down after that.”

In the second quarter, calmly, she struck, rising up for a three from the wing and knocking it down to move right up to 1,001.

“I didn’t think it was going to go in,” Carey said, “so I was going to get the rebound, but I was really excited when it went in. It was really special to share with my team because I know this is just as much about them as it is about me, because I couldn’t have done it without them.”

The Cougars swarmed Carey, who received the game ball, posed for a few pictures with family at center court, and returned to the sideline to the embrace of head coach Kevin Proctor.

“It feels great to have a player on your team who puts that much effort and energy into the sport that you also love,” Proctor said. “To see all her hard work pay off with this particular accomplishment, it feels good. Lindsey’s such a good kid, she works so hard on her game, she’s got such great character.”

Carey hit another three in the quarter, but those were the only two field goals of the first half for ConVal, and Spaulding took a 22-9 lead into the half.

“We had a ton of turnovers because we weren’t moving the ball well against their zone,” Proctor said. “It was kind of dying at the top and we weren’t stretching them out and getting behind them.”

Proctor and the Cougars talked it over at the half, took in the halftime entertainment of the Antrim Aces youth exhibition game, and came back with new resolve in the second half. ConVal focused their defensive intensity on shutting down the Spaulding driving lanes and began applying a press, and the Cougar shots started to fall. Rachyl Parslow and Julia Donovan (five points each) contributed some big buckets, Carey kept scoring, and ConVal cut the lead to 33-25 after three.

Carey came out in the fourth quarter and knocked down another three, cutting the Spaulding lead to five, determined to get her team back in the game with her competitive spirit.

”She is just a competitor,” Proctor said, “and it’s not like a competitor against other people, other teams. She has that self-drive to compete against herself every day to be the best version of herself. She competes to be the best person that she can be.”

The Cougars got the lead down to two points, but made a few key turnovers late and had a few calls go the other way Spaulding’s Abby Ward knocked down all four of her fourth quarter free throws, and the Red Raiders held on for a 43-37 win.

It may have been a loss, but it was still a jubilant night at ConVal. Carey finished with 23 points – 1,021 career – along with 16 rebounds, seven blocks and four steals as the Cougars dropped to 5-2.

“I think we’ve reached a team milestone,” Carey said, “where this year and last year have been a huge turning point for this program. Rachyl and Kalli and I and Emma [Hixson] have built this up, we were winless our freshman year and now we’re 5-2. It’s less about me and more about the work we put in as a team, and I’m really excited about this year.”

Carey became the first ConVal player to reach the the 1,000-point milestone since Dani Statuto – who’d go on to play at Xavier – did it in the year 2000, before Carey was even born. It was an unusually long gap, but Proctor said he doesn’t think it will take another 19 years for another Cougar to hit the mark.

“We talked about the idea that it hasn’t happened since 2000,” Proctor said, “and with the work they’re doing to turn the program back as players, working hard, all these young players are looking up – we’re going to have more of these in the near future because of the work they’re all doing, not just Lindsey.”

ConVal still has some work to do if they want to finish the second half of their season strong.

“We want to have a complete game every time we come out,” Proctor said, “and we didn’t have a complete game, so we’ll obviously get back to it, because John Stark’s a very good team, they come here Tuesday and we’ve got to really clean up some things if we want to be competitive with them.”

ConVal hosts the Generals (6-1) Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and may have to do so without defensive leader Hixson, who left Friday’s game in what appeared to be severe pain after suffering an elbow injury.