December 20, 2013

Whalen reaches 1,000 career points

ELIZABETHTOWN — Lily Whalen might have outdone herself Thursday. 

The senior from Elizabethtown-Lewis recorded her 1,000th-career point, outscoring Chazy by herself in the process, in a 60-30 girls’ Northern Basketball League win.

Whalen reached the milestone with 1:13 remaining in the second quarter on a shot from the perimeter and finished with 31 points in the game.

Whalen became the fourth girls’ player at the Division II school to surpass 1,000 points. She joins T.J.Cornwright (1985), Marissa Vernum (1998) and Krysta Cutting (2005).

“It’s kind of cool,” Whalen said. “To be the first guard ever, it shows that not just forwards can make 1,000 points. Other people can (score as well).”

Whalen didn’t get out to the start she was hoping for, recording just one field goal in the first quarter as the teams finished the frame tied at 11.

“It was hard on the starters because they all wanted her to get her 1,000th,” Lions coach Don Ratliff said. “It was out of character because we don’t say, ‘Give Lily the ball.’ It was out of the ordinary for them, so I think they were all struggling a little bit.”

Whalen accumulated 13 points in the second quarter, including one 3-pointer, to help Elizabethtown-Lewis to a 22-6 run.

“In that second quarter, I think she got more determined to get the space,” Ratliff said. “We changed up a little bit of our offense. She was running it really well against the zone.

“She made some nice cuts, and they gave her the ball and she finished some. She went hard to the hoop. She played great. It’s what we expect from her every night.”

Whalen has been on Ratliff’s varsity team since eighth grade, and he said commitment separates her from a traditional varsity girls’ basketball player.

“She works out on her own,” Ratliff said. “Her physical conditioning is always there. When we come into practice at the beginning of the year, we don’t have to worry about her because she’s already in shape.

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