Jan. 30—SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Saint John's Alyssa Cevera became the fifth 1,000- point scorer in Herald history on Monday evening.
Cevera joins her sister, Emily, Kelly Tinney, Sydney Carpenter and Madyson Paradie in the halls of Saint John scoring excellence.
Tinney scored 1,053 points.
Heralds coach Nick Iarocci hopes Cevera beats that amount to achieve the girls record sometime before the end of the season.
The Heralds defeated Maplewood 60-48, improving to 8-9 on the season.
Cevera led Saint John with 22 points.
Iarocci said Cevera did not play her freshman season and only had 16 games during her sophomore campaign.
Iarocci said she elevated her chances last season, scoring 434 points as a junior to set the school's all time girls mark for single-season scoring.
Tony Massucci holds
the boys scoring record at 1,234 points scored in his career.
Cevera scores a lot of points on 3-point shots and on drives to the basket.
"I like the drives to the basket there is more physicality and I feel i earn it," she said after the game.
After the basket that clinched the record, the game was stopped to allow Cevera time to celebrate with her extended family that included parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members.
The Heralds had a tough start as a team, not scoring in first four minutes of the game, but rallied past Maplewood, using a pressure defense that the Rockets had difficulty cracking.
Iarocci said they even used Cevera at the post later in the game.
Cevera said she worked hard at open gyms and during a summer league for Ashtabla County girls teams., Cevera said she is considering the possibility of studying nursing in college but is unsure if she will play sports.
"It is in the back of my mind," she said.
The Heralds have been picking up wins as the Northeast Athletic Conference season continues and the team awaits the tournament draw this Sunday to determine sectional tournament opponents.
In addition to Cevera's
22 points, Mickey Zheng scored 12 points and Grace DiSalvatore added 10 in the win.
The Saint John boys team played the second game of the doubleheader losing 64-45 to Maplewood.
Vin Narducci paced the Heralds with 21 points.