Shelter Island senior Kelsey McGayhey became the first girls player in school history to score 1,000 career points, reaching the milestone just 33 seconds into last night's game at Ross.
McGayhey entered the contest with 999 career points, and scored the game’s first basket on a 10-foot jumper off a give-and-go with Megan Mundy for points 1,000 and 1,001. She finished with a game-high 16 points in Shelter Island’s 41-22 win, and now has 1,015 career points with three games left in the regular season.
McGayhey said she had trouble containing her emotions immediately after surpassing the 1,000-point benchmark.
“My initial reaction was to jump up in the air,” McGayhey said. “I was crying and then they stopped the game and gave me flowers. It means the world to me, honestly. I’ve been looking forward to this since I was in fourth grade.”
McGayhey’s family and friends joined Shelter Island coach Peter Miedema at midcourt following her 1,000th point, and presented McGayhey with a commemorative “1,000 points” ball. Miedema then addressed the crowd before the game resumed, recognizing the significance of McGayhey's accomplishment.
“I said what a great achievement it was and how big a moment it is for a basketball player,” Miedema said. “It’s a nice honor for the team, being such a small school and [her teammates] as a whole are proud of her. She’s a tremendous athlete.”
Although it was a road game, McGayhey and Miedema said the Shelter Island crowd was surprisingly out in full force Friday night, something McGayhey greatly appreciated.
“I was not expecting how many people actually came [to the game]. A whole bunch of people just came to the gym while we were warming up,” McGayhey said. “The love and support from such a small community has been amazing. I couldn’t have done this without my teammates, my family or my coach.”
McGayhey is a two-sport athlete who plans on playing volleyball at the collegiate level in the fall. Though basketball isn’t her main sport, she said she' always hoped to reach the 1,000-point milestone, and leave a lasting athletic legacy that her family could take pride in.
“My goal throughout my entire career was to leave something behind and something that people can look at, and that’s exactly what I did,” McGayhey said. “I reached my high school goal.”