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Floral Park’s Kaela Hilaire reaches 2,000-point mark in win

Floral Park's Kaela Hilaire (1) drives to the

Floral Park's Kaela Hilaire (1) drives to the basket during Nassau High School girls basketball game between North Shore and Floral Park held on Friday, January 22, 2016 at North Shore High School. Photo Credit: Alan J Schaefer

Floral Park’s Kaela Hilaire has reached rarified air — the 2,000 point club, one of the most exclusive groups on Long Island. Hilaire became the 22nd player in Long Island history to hit the mark after she scored 44 points on Wednesday to lead the No. 2 Knights to a 76-64 win over No. 7 Island Trees in a Nassau Class A quarterfinal game.

Hampton Bays’ Alexis Fotopoulos reached the milestone earlier this season.

“Ever since I scored my 1,000th point [early in her junior year], I was thinking about 2,000,” said Hilaire, a senior who is committed to play at Albany next year.

Hilaire reached the milestone with 5:15 left in the second quarter. She finished the game with 2,029 points. Bethany LeSueur, who played for Garden City from 1996-2001, has 3,167 points and is the sole member of the 3,000 point club, according to Newsday records.

Hilaire, who played for Floral Park in seventh and eighth grade, spent her freshman year at Long Island Lutheran and returned to Floral Park as a sophomore. She is a true triple threat, with the ability to shoot the three pointer, drive to the basket, and find her teammates with athletic passes. She is averaging 29.7 points per game to lead Long Island. She racks up 10 assists a game, Floral Park coach Michael Spina said.

“She makes some of the most unbelievable passes I’ve seen in my 31 years of coaching,” Spina said. “ . . . Some people just have great vision. Even when she was at Long Island Lutheran, she had great vision there. She was part of a team that won a federation championship when she was in ninth grade. Though she wasn’t a starter, she was a role player there. When she came back to us, she went through the adjustment of earning the trust back of her teammates. She’s always been a great passer. It’s one of the natural things that she can do. Her dribbling and ball handling skills are just phenomenal. She almost breaks a press by herself.”

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