There was plenty to celebrate at the Sherburne Gymnasium Monday night as the Sunapee girls basketball team fought its way to yet another convincing win, and saw one of its top players reach a significant milestone in the process.
The defending state champs were prepared for to be tested last night against an Epping team that also headed into the contest unbeaten, but it was the home Lakers who hustled their way to a 24-4 advantage by the end of the first quarter.
And helping the home team pull away was the play of junior forward Katie Frederick, who headed into the night 19 points away from the 1,000th of her illustrious high school career.
And after netting 18 through the game’s first three quarters, Frederick was completely unaware of the significance of this early fourth-quarter free throw that rounded out her scoring for the night to put her at an even 1,000.
And the Lakers rode more than just the hot hands of Frederick on its way to a 79-19 victory, junior forward Faith Larpernter added 16 points for the home team, including this deep 3-pointer. Senior point guard Lexie Hamilton added 11 points to complement her eight assists, senior Rachel Malanga added nine.
Mike Pezone spoke with Frederick after the game to ask her what was going through her head as her team started to celebrate unbenounced to her.
The Lakers will try to improve to a perfect 6-0 Jan. 6 when they travel to face Littleton.