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Alison Ricchiuti scores her 1,000th point
Senior guard Alison Ricchiuti has been the engine driving the Herricks girls basketball team over the last four seasons.
She’s led them to two conference championships and a combined 45-10 regular season record in the three-plus seasons as its starting point guard—scoring close to 50-percent of her team’s points, according to Herricks coach Glenn Lavey.
On Tuesday, Ricchiuti, a five-year varsity player, reached a significant individual milestone, scoring her 1,000th career point in a 44-27 win over Great Neck South.
“She’s been such a hard working player and an amazing kid,” Lavey said. “She has had so much pressure on her shoulders, she never yells at teammates, doesn’t want the limelight, and there’s not a single kid who’s not happy for her. She’s a better person than player.”
Ricchiuti has been the team’s number one option over the last few seasons, often seeing double and triple teams from opponents as she brings up the ball. She led Nassau class AA with 18.5 points per game last season, and is also asked to cover the opposing team’s top scorer, no matter if that player is a point guard or a center.
“We rely as much on one player more than any team on Long Island,” Lavey said. “That’s why I give her the ultimate respect.”
Ricchiuti hit a three-pointer with 1:05 left in the first quarter, Tuesday, to notch her 1,000th point, and finished the game with 14.
Ricchiuti will be recognized before Friday’s home game against Carey.
“She’s been great. She’s carried our team through so many games,” Lavey said. “She deserves credit for what she’s done, never missed a practice… she’s just that kind of kid.”