RICKY ST. CLAIR
SCHROON LAKE — Jesse Shaughnessy’s 1,000th career point will characterize his four-year career on the Schroon Lake boys’ basketball team.
With 6:27 remaining in the third quarter, the rugged senior took an inbounds pass in the post, absorbed contact and finished an off-balance shot off the glass, for an opportunity at a three-point play.
The No. 10-ranked Wildcats (8-0) with contributions in large part from Shaughnessy’s 22 markers, 15 rebounds, four steals and four assists, knocked off No. 3 Loudonville Christian, 46-40, in non-league action Wednesday night.
“I’m not a great shooter,” Shaughnessy chuckled. “But that’s why I get to the basket — to find open players and be physical underneath. They’re the third-ranked (Class D) team in the state, so I definitely expected contact. I’m just glad I had a lot of family and friends here, and it fueled me to play harder when it was getting physical in the paint.”
After becoming the 67th player in Section VII and sixth representative from Schroon Lake to surpass the mark, Athletic Director David Williams and coach Lee Silvernail honored the six-foot-one-inch forward with the game ball.
“My grandmother was actually in the hospital (Wednesday) and she’s not doing really well, but she came out to watch me play,” Shaughnessy said. “She was my inspiration because I called and told her to come watch me get it. It meant a lot to me.”
Despite a 21-17 halftime deficit, the Wildcats were able to rally for an 18-9 third quarter. Tanner Stone and Bobby Rose added 12 and seven points, respectively.
Shaughnessy said his teammates played an integral role during the historic run for 1,000.
“My little brother (Alex) and my best friend Jeff Armstrong are on the team, and all the other guys are like little brothers to me,” Shaughnessy said. “They’ve definitely helped me out a lot.”
Silvernail, who is now in his fifth season behind the bench for the Wildcats, said hustle is what separates Shaughnessy from the average high school basketball player.
“I think a lot of his talent is based on athleticism and his ability to hustle after the ball,” Silvernail said. “The community support is pretty special here and any time you reach a milestone of this nature, it was nice to see his mom, dad and grandmother in attendance. A lot of the younger players look up to him.”
During a 48-hour span, the senior accumulated 50 points in wins over Elizabethtown-Lewis and the Eagles (9-1). With four road games quickly approaching, Silvernail was hopeful for the accomplishment to occur on the team’s home court.
“I was a little bit worried about playing on back-to-back nights, but our team played tremendously hard,” Silvernail said. “Playing tough teams in consecutive days, I told (Shaughnessy) ‘this is going to be tough to get,’ but I’m glad this was something he was able to do.”
Mat Yamin paced Loudonville Christian with 17 points, while teammate Gabe Brown added 10 markers in the six-point loss.
The Wildcats travel to Willsboro Jan. 16 for their next Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference bout and look to remain undefeated.
Schroon Lake 46,
Loudonville Christian 40
Loudonville Christian (40)
Rock 0-0-0, Bellenti 1-2-5, Keener 0-0-0, Seaburgh 0-0-0, Phelps 0-0-0, Brown 3-4-10, Spence 1-0-2, Yamin 6-5-17, Hilton 3-0-6. Totals: 14-11-40.
Schroon Lake (46)
Rose 3-1-7, Stone 5-1-12, Dezalia 0-0-0, A. Shaughnessy 1-0-3, J. Shaughnessy 11-0-22, Armstrong 1-0-2. Totals: 21-2-46.
Lou. Christian 14 7 9 10 — 40
Schroon Lake 11 6 18 11 —46
3-point goals: Loudonville Christian (1): Bellenti. Schroon Lake (2): Stone, A. Shaughnessy.