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Squan’s Flaherty sinks 1,000th career point

February 23, 2012

MANASQUAN — It has become a familiar sight over the past two seasons, but a drive and score layup from Manasquan sophomore Katelynn Flaherty last Thursday night during the Shore Conference Tournament [SCT] was anything but an ordinary basket for the

photo: Sueanne Goss, The Coast Star

point guard.

With those two points nearing the end of the first quarter of the Warriors’ 71-34 victory over Monsignor Donovan, Flaherty reached a coveted milestone by scoring her 1,000th career point in just her second season of high school basketball.

“It is just crazy to think about it,” said Flaherty, prior to a Warriors practice on Monday evening. “I remember scoring my first [varsity basketball] point last year.”

Flaherty, who entered into high school hoops as a highly-anticipated prospect last season, felt that the goal would be an attainable one, but, admitted she did not expect to reach 1,000 points so quickly.

“I never expected to do it this fast,” she said.

Last year, Flaherty proved to be one of the best offensive players in the Shore Conference, averaging 22.3 points per game as a freshman. This season, she has been the Warriors leading scorer as the team has compiled a record of 24-1.

“She is one of the best players in her class — whether you are talking in the state or on the national level,” said Manasquan head coach Felix Romero of Flaherty. “She has worked very hard throughout the years to get where she is at to this point.”

After the game against Monsignor Donovan was stopped to honor Flaherty for her accomplishment, the sophomore rapidly shifted her attention back to beating the Griffins. It wasn’t until she was home after the win that Flaherty took time to reflect on the moment.

“I focused on winning the game first,” Flaherty said. “After we won, I really let it set in and I took some time to realize what I had accomplished.”

Flaherty noted Romero and teammate, senior Michaela Mabrey, as people instrumental to her growth in the game of basketball, but, credited her father, Tom, as the driving force to her journey within the game.

“He is the reason I have gotten to this point,” Flaherty said.

Now that yet another individual goal has passed and is behind her, Flaherty looks forward to the team goals set in place by the Warriors, which includes a Shore Conference Tournament title and a run to a state championship.

“This is the most exciting time of the year,” Flaherty said. “We are working hard and taking it one game at a time.”

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